Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann is poised to join Manchester United
Griezmann is Jose Mourinho’s No 1 transfer target at Manchester United.
And according to the Manchester Evening News, United are on the verge of completing an £86million deal for the Atletico Madrid star.
Sources close to Griezmann believe his move to Old Trafford is now a formality.
And it is claimed Wayne Rooney could make way for the 26-year-old in Mourinho’s squad.
Antoine Griezmann has shone during three seasons at Atletico Madrid
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United are ready to beat a host of top European club to activate the £85.5million release clause in Griezmann’s Atletico contract.
Barcelona, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are all interested in the France international, who came third in last year’s Ballon d’Or.
Transfer Market Web claim Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is looking to hijack United’s move for Griezmann.
But the Red Devils are in pole position to sign the former Real Sociedad striker, having been working on a deal for nearly a year.
Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann are close on and off the pitch
Griezmann is close friends of Paul Pogba, who United broke the world transfer record to sign from Juventus for £89m last August.
Pogba has been persuading his France team-mate to swap Spain for the Premier League all season.
And French newspaper L’Equipe say Griezmann has been seriously considering leaving Madrid for Manchester.
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has admitted the club are powerless to stop their star man leaving should his release clause be met.
Simeone told Spanish sports paper AS: “There is a termination clause. There is no security.
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Antoine Griezmann embraces Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone
"That's what he told me last year, 'If you stay, I'll stay'. And I said, 'Yes, why would I not stay?' And they began to work with the representatives for everything that had to be signed. And he stayed.
"And from now on I do not know what can happen.
"He would never let me tell him to stay. I did not do it with Diego Costa or Radamel Falcao.
"But it is clear that for as long as he stays, the team and the club will continue to grow."