Wednesday, February 15, 2017


The Atletico striker is top of Jose Mourinho's
wishlist - but he must wait to sign him and
one of the club's former foes has no doubt
Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard believes
Antoine Griezmann wouldn't have wanted to
join Manchester United in January due to a
lack of Champions League football.
Griezmann's Atletico Madrid are set to play in
the first leg of a Copa del Rey semi-final
against Barcelona and are in the last 16 of the
Champions League.

Leaving Atletico, who have reached the final
of the European competition two of the last
three seasons, would mean Griezmann
sacrificing the chance of winning the trophy
he came a penalty shoot-out away from in
With Manchester United slugging it out in the
second-tier Europa League, Gerrard cannot
see why Griezmann would have jumped at
United's interest in signing the 25-year-old
France international.
“He's playing in the Champions League for
Atletico Madrid," Gerrard, who spent almost
all his career with United as his main rivals,
told BT Sport.
"He's got a chance of competing for that,
which they have done for the past couple of
"And he's probably thinking: 'Yeah,
Manchester United probably is a good move,
but it's still going to be there in the summer."

Jose Mourinho's Manchester United are 15
points off the top of the Premier League with
a game in hand. They have a League Cup final
to look forward to as they battle on four

Atletico are 10 points off the pace in La Liga,
where Real Madrid lead the pack with a game
in hand over Diego Simeone's side, Barcelona,
Sevilla and Real Sociedad.
Griezmann was arguably football's breakout
star in 2016, having starred as Atletico
reached the Champions League final and being
one the stars of Euro 2016 as France finished
runners up on home soil.
He's valued at €80 million by Atletico and
United will likely have to spend close to the
€105m they spent on midfielder Paul Pogba
last year to have a chance of signing him.

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