Manchester United are eyeing Atletico Madrid’s on-loan Barcelona striker Antoine Griezmann for the January market.
Griezmann has been introduced by Atletico boss Diego Simeone just after the hour mark in every La Liga game so far this term. The forward returned to the Metropolitano on a two-year loan last summer but a complex dispute with Barca has led Los Colchoneros to believe that playing the forward for less than 45 minutes per game will save them money.
The Athletic says his patience is wearing thin and a permanent exit in January could resolve the situation.
United enquired about the French international over the summer but Griezmann remained intent on rejuvenating his career at Atletico, with whom he scored well over 100 goals during his first spell between 2014 and 2019.
United are thought to have flirted with the idea of signing a striker over the summer but eventually opted to prioritise other targets. Uncertainty around Cristiano Ronaldo’s future made life difficult for Erik ten Hag but the Portuguese looks set to stay for the season.
A lack of back-up through the middle could entice the Red Devils to test Atletico’s resolve in January.