Inter Milan are willing to pay the £110 million buyout fee in summer to gazump Manchester United and land Atletico Madrid superstar Antoine Griezmann.
Manchester United could be set to suffer another transfer blow, if The Sun are to be believed. And this time it’s Atletico Madrid superstar Antoine Griezmann, who is a priority United target, who could evade their clutches with Inter Milan willing to pay the £110 million buyout fee to gazump Red Devils to land the star in the summer.
Antoine Griezmann is the hottest viable property in the footballing world right now. The French international has proven he can go toe-to-toe with the iconic duo of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, both at club level and international level, something which is an incredulous feat in itself.
Manchester United has been primed to snap Griezmann up when he becomes available with the summer of 2017 cited as the potential time of a transfer. There have been threats to United’s pursuit with the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and PSG showing interest in the attacker.
But, the latest news might be more than just a threat. Inter Milan have been ushered with Chinese riches after the recent takeover-cum-investment by the owners of Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning and they are eyeing a major scalp in the summer transfer window.
And they view Griezmann as the perfect fit, especially if Diego Simeone is to return to manage the Nerazzurri in the near future. The Italian club is willing to activate the massive £110 million buyout fee and land the player ahead of Manchester United.
From hiring a mediator to broker the deal to Pogba acting as a Red agent in his talks with Griezmann, Manchester United have indeed seemingly, pulled out all stops to land the Atletico Madrid superstar. United do have the cash to rival Inter Milan.
But, if Diego Simeone is to join Inter Milan, it could sway Griezmann away from Old Trafford to the San Siro. Griezmann is likely to have a difficult choice on his hand – live his dream of donning the legendary number 7 jersey won by his idol David Beckham and play alongside Paul Pogba at club level OR opt to play under El Cholo.
It would interesting to see what he chooses and perhaps, the ability of either side to secure Champions League football for the coming season could be the decisive factor for the Frenchman.