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Manchester City and Manchester United set for £89million transfer battle, Pep keen to beat Jose to deal with attacker’s release clause set to plummet

Manchester City have entered the race to sign Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann with the 26-year-old already a widely reported target for Manchester United.

According to Diario Gol, Pep Guardiola is a long-time admirer of the France international and believes he can be the next vital part to Man City’s illustrious squad.

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Diario Gol state that Griezmann’s release clause will fall from €200m to €100m (£89m) come July the 1st, 2018. Italian football site CalcioMercato have reported that numerous big clubs around Europe are all monitoring the situation and are poised to make approaches when the 26-year-old’s release clause plummets. Alongside the two Manchester clubs, Real Madrid and Barcelona are also reported to be interested in securing a deal for the Atletico star.

Griezmann has registered an impressive 61 league goals for Atletico and if he was to secure a deal to Guardiola’s City it would surely give them the strongest attacking firepower in Europe.

Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid

City currently sit unbeaten at the top of the Premier League and have scored an astonishing 32 goals in just nine matches – an average of 3.52 goals per match.

However, you can’t imagine United and Jose Mourinho will watch Griezmann sign for the blue half of Manchester without putting up a fight. Just last month the Mirror reported that the Red Devils were looking to secure an £88m deal for the Frenchman themselves.

We will most likely have to wait until next summer to see where Griezmann’s ends up. But, it is set to be an exciting one with the two Manchester clubs looking to go head-to-head.

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