Manchester United spend much of the early summer trying to strike a deal to sign Antoine Griezmann from Atlético Madrid but they deal failed to materialise.

United have been long-term admirers of the French striker but due to the La Liga club being slapped with a transfer ban, Griezmann’s transfer was blocked as they couldn’t replace him.

The Mirror note that Griezmann signed a new long-term contract with Atlético Madrid which contained a €200m release clause, feasibly a fee that Atlético hoped would ward off interest in their star striker.

United signed Romelu Lukaku from Everton in a £75m deal and brought back Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a one-year contract but would still like to pursue a deal for Griezmann next year.

Griezmann’s release clause is cut in half next summer to just €100m, or £92m which makes him considerably more affordable for Manchester United if they still want to sign him next summer.