Manchester United will be disappointed in their pursuit of Antoine Griezmann according to Atletico Madrid’s president, who claims the forward will stay at the club this summer.
Griezmann is one of three high-profile summer signings wanted by Jose Mourinho having instructed Ed Woodward to push ahead with an £86.7m move for the Frenchman.
However, Atleti president Enrique Cerezo has denied that this move will happen and instead insisted that Griezmann will be leading the line when the club play their first game at their new Wanda Metropolitano Stadium next season.
“Griezmann will stay here,” he told Spanish sports daily Marca. “Not here at the Calderon, but at the Wanda.”
Cerezo’s comments corroborate Griezmann’s comments on Twitter last week, when the 26-year-old labelled all the “rumours” about his future as “unfounded”.
United are desperate to dodge another drawn-out transfer sage like the one they experienced last summer with Paul Pogba, and these comments will not go down well amongst the United hierarchy, who believed they could complete the deal by as early as the end of June.