Diego Costa’s huge fee paid by Atletico implies Griezmann to United?

Antoine Griezmann to United was a hot rumor in the summer transfer window, and it was looking likely the transfer will go through, until Atletico Madrid was slammed with a transfer ban and Griezmann opted to stay at his club over that difficult time.

Antoine Griezmann in action against Real Madrid in Copa Del Ray. Photo: D.Sanchez
Antoine Griezmann in action against Real Madrid in Copa Del Ray. Photo: D.Sanchez

But now, the situation has taken another turn, this time in favor of Manchester United.

Diego Costa, who played a major role in Cheslea’s Premier League triumphs in 2015 under Mourinho and in 2017 under Conte, was left surprised when he received a text in June from Conte informing him that he was not in manager’s plans for the 2017-18 campaign.

Unsettling events of Diego Costa’s relationship with the Chelsea manager Antonio Conte resulted in him being told that his services were not needed anymore. That, ultimately paved way for Costa’s transfer to his former club Atletico Madrid for a huge fee of almost £60m.

Diego Costa played 120 games for Chelsea, scoring 59 goals. Photo: Aleksandr Osipov
Diego Costa played 120 games for Chelsea, scoring 59 goals. Photo: Aleksandr Osipov

Chelsea are known as top negotiators over the sale of their players and they always manage to get record fees, as in the cases of David Luiz and Oscar, same happened in Diego Costa deal. A striker who is now 29 was sold for £60m to Atletico Madrid, who was bought from this same club 3 years ago for just £32m.

Atletico Madrid splashing the cash to get their hands on star striker can mean only one thing – they have plans to earn this cash back by sale of their another star player – who was willing to leave the club for Manchester United just a couple of months back. Spending this amount to get their star striker has serious implications that there already might be a deal in place for Griezmann to United.

Griezmann to United in summer 2017:

Antoine Griezmann was considered as the top transfer target for Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United. But, Atletico Madrid’s unsuccessful attempt to get their transfer ban lifted convinced Griezmann not to leave the club in time of dismay.

It is widely believed, however, that Griezmann to United will go through in the upcoming summer transfer window. An agreement in place includes handing over the iconic no.7 jersey to the player which is for now being kept vacant at the Manchester club.

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