French international forward, Antoine Griezmann has been heavily linked to a number of English clubs in the past 12 months, especially as part of the rebuilding process at Manchester United.
Strong rumours had suggested that the Real Sociedad forward had already agreed a pre-contract deal with French giants Paris Saint-Germain. The 23-year-old appeared on French TV show Canal Football Club on Sunday night and was quick to dismiss those rumours.
“I have read articles that explained I had said yes to PSG. There was no contact, and no agreement.”
This is great news for both Manchester United and Arsenal as they looked to attract some big news to their clubs this summer. Griezmann’s contract with Real Sociedad runs until 2016 and it looks like a move this summer will guarantee the Basque club receive the best offer possible.
Griezmann made his first appearance for the full French national team in March of this year, in the 2-0 win over Netherlands, and he is very likely to be part of the 23-man squad that Didier Deschamps picks for this summer’s World Cup. Any deal to tie up Griezmann would be better done before the tournament gets underway. A bid of €30m would trigger his release clause.
When asked if he would be able to resist an approach from PSG, Griezmann again kept the window open.
“I don’t have a preference, if a club comes in, we’ll see what they offer. When a big club is interested in you, it’s always fun. We will see what can happen.”
He then teased that he will wait to see if PSG make a bid or not, and that all the rumours suggested that they will.
PSG’s interest will depend on their other business and the soon to be announced Financial Fair-Play sanctions. Paul Pogba is deemed to be their number one target, but they might not be able to afford a move for the Juventus star and Griezmann could quickly become their priority.
If Manchester United or Arsenal do make a move, they will have competition but it should be a positive sign that Griezmann hasn’t ruled out anything quite yet.