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Between Atletico and Manchester, Griezmann ignites the mercato

Ⓒ AFP – OSCAR DEL POZO – | Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann faces Athletic Bilbao on May 21, 2017 at Vicente Calderon

Willing to put the pressure on his club or real confession: Antoine Griezmann estimates that he has “6 chances out of 10” to leave to Manchester United and “7 chances out of 10” to stay at the Atletico Madrid.

“Grizou”, smiling, blue and black checkered hipster shirt, dropped this little bomb Monday night on the set of the show “Quotidien” on TMC hosted by Yann Barthès.

The star striker of the “Colchoneros” knows enough about the world of football and its rules: he knows that his words will go around the social networks and sports media.

“I think my future will be decided in the next two weeks, first launched the center front of Atletico Madrid, and then the native of Mâcon then announced as” possible “the possibility of seeing him evolve Under the colors of the Red Devils for the next exercise.

Journalist Yann Barthès then asked him to rate out of ten the likelihood of a departure to the club in the north of England, to which Griezmann replied without hesitation “six”.

It is the first time that the star of the team of France also openly evokes his departure towards Manchester United. Jose Mourinho made it one of his priorities for the summer transfer window in order to build a competitive team. “Mou” already has in his ranks cracks like Paul Pogba, who moved from Juve to ManU the most expensive player in the world, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, currently injured but who promises to return to the field.

– “L’Atleti”, suspended for the decision of the CAS –

For the moment, Manchester’s participation in the Champions League next season is still not assured. Mourinho’s men must win against Ajax Amsterdam in the Europa League final on Wednesday in Stockholm hoping to qualify for the C1, as in the championship, they finished only a sad 6th place.

Griezmann, 26, joined Atletico Madrid in 2014 after five seasons at Real Sociedad. In 2016, after a Champions League final with his club (lost against Real Madrid by Cristiano Ronaldo) and a Euro final with the Blues (lost against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal), he finished third in the Classification of the Golden Ball behind … Cristiano Ronaldo, again him, and Lionel Messi.

His club, Atletico (eliminated in the semifinals of the Champions League against the Real de … Cristiano Ronaldo), is at the crossroads, and Griezmann may put pressure on him to obtain guarantees in term Recruitment this summer.

The “Atleti” is still prohibited from recruiting by FIFA and has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, the highest sports court. A verdict is expected soon.

But the mercato is already blowing. Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon) said Saturday night that it was difficult to refuse an offer from Atletico. Its president Jean-Michel Aulas wants to negotiate to the end (a sum of 40 M EUR is mentioned).

And Kevin Gameiro, current partner of Griezmann in Madrid, would be tracked by Marseille, with ambitions and means ten times more by his new owner Frank McCourt. The mercato is well launched.

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