Manchester United have been handed a huge boost in their pursuit of Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann, as an investigation from The Independent suggests the Spanish giants will have to sell.
Atletico Madrid’s financial issues aren’t too much of a secret and it seems the impending move from the Vicente Calderon could have a drastic impact on Diego Simeone’s squad, as loan debts may have to see key-players sold.
The Spanish side are desperate to move into their new stadium for the start of the 2017/18 season and took out loans of around €160m to push through development- but Atletico will have to pay back their debts quickly, or risk losing club shares to Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim.
With Atletico’s financial situation far from comfortable as it is, the Spanish side may have to offload their most valuable assets- which include Antoine Griezmann, Saul Niguez and Koke.
Manchester United’s long-term pursuit of Antoine Griezmann has been very public and the most recent reports state the Red Devils are prepared to set a world-record fee to land the Frenchman, surpassing the £89m they spent on Paul Pogba last summer.
A potential three-figure sum is tempting enough for a side like Atletico and the financial situation could lead them backed into a corner- and Griezmann may not be the only man to leave the Spanish capital for Manchester at the end of the season.
The Red Devils are also reported to be interested in Atletico’s Saul Niguez, who at 22 is one of the finest up-and-coming young midfielders in European football and is valued extremely highly by the Spanish giants- not that it will make any difference, if the financial situation is as fragile as it seems.