Antoine Griezmann: Atletico Madrid exit would be 'dirty move'

Diego Simeone's side were handed two-window transfer bans in January 2016

This put in the spanner in the works for Atletico who had lined up a move for Lyon striker and Griezmann's France team mate Alexandre Lacazette.

And according to AS Spain's Javier Matallanas, the Frenchman will sign a contract with Atletico that was offered to him a few weeks ago amid uncertainty surrounding his future.

Manchester United can still sign Atletico Madrid forward Antonio Griezmann this summer, club legend Ryan Giggs has claimed. "We have spoken with the board and we are going to go again for next season", added Griezmann, who is now with the France squad for next Friday's 2018 World Cup qualifier away to Sweden.

In January 2016, Atleti were fined and banned from registering players for two consecutive transfer windows after being found guilty of breaching Federation Internationale de Football Association rules relating to the signing of minors.

Furthermore, the upholding of Atletico's transfer ban certainly means the club is desperate to keep hold of any talent that they have in-house. Atletico can not recruit. With my sporting adviser, Eric Olhats, we chose to stay. "It's a hard moment for the club, for my teammates", Griezmann said.

United are now being heavily linked with moves for Inter Milan's Ivan Perisic and Real Madrid's Gareth Bale, so presumably we can expect stories suggesting they didn't want either player if they fail to arrive at Old Trafford. "So it would be a dirty move for me to leave now".

Manchester United will now be forced to look elsewhere, with links to Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata picking up steam. The Belgian scored 25 league goals this season and would definitely fit the bill for the club's main summer signing. Record appearance-maker Ryan Giggs believes Mourinho can ill-afford to not sign a forward and foresees the club returning to sign Greizmann later in the summer.

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