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Manchester United and Chelsea transfer target and potential Angel Di Maria replacement signs new deal

Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has signed a new contract with the Spanish heavyweights amidst rumours linking him with a switch to the Premier League.

According to L’Equipe, the forward has added another year onto his current deal at the Vicente Calderon, meaning that he is now tied to Atleti until June 2019.

The French forward only signed a four-year team with Diego Simeone’s side last summer, but—potentially in light of transfer interest—the menacing attacker has agreed to extend his current deal in Madrid.

The forward endured a slow start to life at the club, after moving from Real Sociedad last summer, but became a key player as Simeone’s reigning champions sought to overhaul their title rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The international ended the campaign with 22 goals in 37 league appearances, finding himself third in the Liga BBVA top-scorer charts—behind only Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

His form has led to him being heavily linked with a move away from the club.

Earlier in the summer, Paris Saint-Germain were understood to be keen on the forward, with El Mundo Deportivo reporting that the French champions may have made an approach for the attacker.

Similarly, the Daily Star reported in May that Bayern Munich were interested in signing the 24-year-old.

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The Express reported only last month that Chelsea were keen on the forward—noting that Griezmann could move to Stamford Bridge as part of a swap-deal taking Filipe Luis in the opposite direction.

The Brazil international ultimately moved back to Atleti in a deal understood to be in the ‘region of £16m’ according to The Guardian.

The Manchester Evening News have even tipped Griezmann as one of the candidates to replace Angel Di Maria at Old Trafford, with the Argentine winger moving to PSG earlier this week.

However, after reaffirming his commitment to Atletico, it looks like Louis van Gaal will have to look elsewhere.

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