A potential transfer saga was shut down on Thursday as it was widely reported that any potential deal to take Antoine Griezmann to Manchester United would now not be happening.
The circumstances surrounding which side walked away from the deal first are still relatively unclear (Man United go in there first in the English media but reports afterwards indicated that it was, in fact, the player that changed his mind), but his current employers are keen to tie him down now at the club for as long as possible.
With a release clause of €100m attached to Griezmann’s contract, Atletico would have been powerless to stop him from moving if Man United had come in with that amount, and they are keen to close that loophole and prevent themselves from being as vulnerable if he becomes in-demand again.
Despite the fact that he only signed said contract several months ago, Atletico are set to offer him a new deal, on significantly increased wages, and are also likely to significantly increase that release clause while they’re at it, according to AS.
His old deal would have taken him up to 2021 and while it’s unclear whether they would have felt the need to extend that, one thing is for certain is that he will see his current wage packet skyrocket from the reported £110,000 he is currently earning.
While this would not prevent Man United from re-entering talks with the Spanish side, the lack of a clear (and realistic) price would make negotiations with Atleti president Miguel Angel Gil a lot more complicated, perhaps prohibitively so.
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