Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has confirmed that he has split with his agent and will now move forward representing himself.
The French international has been one of the best players in Europe over the past two years or so, and his form for Atleti has unsurprisingly led to interest from elsewhere.
While he also confirmed that he turned down the chance to join Paris Saint-Germain this summer, United may well feel more confident about their chances of signing the 25-year-old now that he doesn’t have an agent in his ear suggesting a different move.
“From now I’m going to operate without an agent,” he told L’Equipe, as noted by The Independent.
“But I will always have the advice of my father and also my mentor, Eric Olhats.”
As noted in the report, it’s claimed that Jose Mourinho has made the former Real Sociedad star his priority next year, as he looks to add another significant piece to his squad to restore United as being perennial contenders both in the Premier League and in Europe.
It remains to be seen whether or not the absence of his former agent has any major impact on Griezmann’s future decisions, as he has for the most part insisted that he isn’t interested in leaving the Spanish capital unless coach Diego Simeone goes first.
It’s expected that United will make their move in next summer’s transfer window, and much could of course change between now and then, both in terms of Griezmann’s desire to stay and whether or not United still hold an interest in him and believe he can improve their team.
Nevertheless, this is a notable change in the Frenchman’s set-up off the pitch, and the initial feeling is that his comments are a boost for the Red Devils who will continue to monitor his future.