Manchester United sought dialogue with Antoine Griezmann and his consultant final summer season to gauge the potential of signing the France worldwide, Sky Sports activities can solely reveal.
When soccer director John Murtough and recruitment marketing consultant Tom Keane flew to Spain to formalise a deal for Casemiro in August 2022, they made calls to rearrange a gathering with Griezmann’s camp in Madrid to grasp his scenario and emotions round a switch to Previous Trafford.
The multi-functional participant was on mortgage to Atletico Madrid from Barcelona at that time, however had his sport time restricted as a result of a clause that stipulated a everlasting purchase choice of €40m (£35.2m) can be triggered if he performed half of the minutes he was out there for.
It prompted an odd scenario the place Atletico boss Diego Simeone was solely utilising Griezmann after the 60-minute mark given Atleti’s monetary constraints.
United wished a studying on whether or not the 31-year-old was exploring his choices however, whereas he was flattered by the membership’s curiosity and considers the Premier League a problem, Griezmann’s precedence was making his switch to Atleti everlasting.
That occurred in October, earlier than his standout performances in Qatar helped France attain the World Cup closing.
Enquiries from England haven’t stopped however Griezmann is glad at Atleti and the one time he may contemplate his future is that if Simeone exits.
United characterise the due diligence carried out on the participant as a routine a part of the recruitment course of, likening it to being stored abreast of developments round Joao Felix and Cody Gakpo – who joined Chelsea and Liverpool, respectively – in order that they have all the data to decide.
Their verify on Griezmann is important in highlighting the membership’s twin coverage of recruiting pedigreed winners that may contribute now – like Raphael Varane and Casemiro – and alter the tradition of the membership, together with gifted kids with a excessive ceiling.
It additionally factors to the need – typically quietly – to discover a treatment for the way mild Erik ten Hag’s attacking choices are. United have additionally put in work on Napoli’s Victor Osimhen, Pink Bull Salzburg’s Benjamin Sesko – who’s becoming a member of RB Leipzig in the summertime – and Ajax’s Mohammed Kudus.
As defined by Sky Sports activities on Sunday, whereas there was long-standing curiosity in Harry Kane given his premier goalscoring report, the sensation is that he prefers to stay at Tottenham and needs to extract the very best new contract provide as he seeks ensures over their long-term ambitions.
United’s precedence in the summertime is so as to add a prime ahead, however their switch enterprise shall be affected if they don’t safe Champions League soccer and are unable to reverse their pattern of not promoting properly.
Ten Hag is doing his bit on the coaching pitches and the membership are assured of discovering good options within the low season with Murtough and head of recruitment Steve Brown, aided by director of knowledge science Dominic Jordan, attempting to erode errors made by the division up to now.
After final summer season’s spend exceeded £200m, United needed to go for the price range choice of bringing in Wout Weghorst on mortgage this month to assist ease their offensive woes.
UEFA’s new monetary sustainability guidelines and the cash owed in switch payment instalments – £307m in accordance with the most recent accounts – will situation how they function out there.
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