Reports: Manchester United to break club record and sign £92 million French star
What's the story?
Premier League club Manchester United want to get a deal done for Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann this transfer window and are ready to make him the highest earning player in the history of the league according to English media outlet Mirror.
The Red Devils are set to offer the French international £300,000-per-week if the report is to be believed.
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Griezmann has been heavily linked with the Jose Mourinho-managed side for some time. The player almost signed with the Manchester club last summer, but the deal didn't go through as Atletico had a transfer ban and couldn't sign an alternative.
Atletico's La Liga rivals Barcelona had then joined the race for the former Real Sociedad player, but the Diego Simeone-managed team took legal action against the Blaugrana for allegedly tapping up the player.
The heart of the matter
Both Manchester United and Barcelona were expected to make a move for the player next summer, but injuries to Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have forced Mourinho to get a deal done for Griezmann at the earliest.
The Red Devils are reportedly set to offer the 26-year-old £300,000-a-week, that would see him overtake his countryman Paul Pogba (who earns £290,000-per-week) to become the highest paid player in the Premier League history.
Manchester United will have to trigger Griezmann's £92 million release clause in order to attain the services of the forward.
Griezmann's departure from the Wanda Metropolitano is almost certain. Atletico Madrid have already started preparing for life after the Frenchman's departure with the signing of Diego Costa from Chelsea.
However, we are yet to know where the player's next destination is - Camp Nou or Old Trafford.
Mourinho, who recently talked about needing a bigger transfer budget, could force the club to trigger Griezmann's release clause this month and bolster his side's attack.