Zidane could ruin United’s transfer plans…
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has reportedly made a ‘personal request’ to club president Florentino Perez to beat the likes of Manchester United to the transfer of Antoine Griezmann.
The Atletico Madrid forward has established himself as one of Europe’s top attacking players down the years, and is sure to spark another transfer battle at the end of this season.
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Recent reports from ESPN claimed United were ready to try again for Griezmann next summer as they sense Atletico could now be more open to selling their star forward due to the signing of Diego Costa from Chelsea.
However, Zidane is clearly keen for Real to hijack any deal, with Don Balon claiming they’re tempted to meet the France international’s £90million release clause when it comes into effect in the summer.
It would be a majorly controversial move for Real to raid their inner-city rivals Atletico, but Griezmann would certainly fit in well alongside Los Blancos’ other ‘Galacticos’ at the Bernabeu.
The 26-year-old has an impressive record of 86 goals in 168 appearances for Diego Simeone’s side, and his ability to find the back of the net from a variety of attacking positions could make him just the man to eventually replace Cristiano Ronaldo.
Griezmann could also replace Gareth Bale at Real, with the Sun recently suggesting the Welsh winger was another target for the Red Devils in attack for next summer.
Either way, there’s bound to be plenty of movement between these three clubs this summer – and while United may miss out on Griezmann, his move to Real would surely help them at least land Bale as a consolation prize.