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Antoine Griezmann reveals he turned down Paris Saint-Germain during Euro 2016

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Antoine Griezmann has done just about everything he can to cement his status as one of the deadliest strikers in world football.

The Atletico Madrid hitman has struck 61 goals in all competitions since arriving at the Vicente Calderon from Real Sociedad in July 2014, drawing serious interest from top clubs across Europe.

Griezmann – who finished top Golden Boot award on home soil at Euro 2016 – is set to make a huge decision this summer as his growing list of suitors bid for his services.

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The 25-year-old has revealed he turned down a move to Paris Saint-Germain during the last transfer window before he opted to extend his contract with Atletico in June.

However, Griezmann has been identified as Jose Mourinho’s number one target next summer, which could spark another bidding war in the race for the highly rated forward.

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When asked if he knew PSG wanted to sign him during the off-season, Griezmann, as per The Mirror, said: “Yes, but as it was during Euros I told my agent I did not want to listen.

"I told him: 'I do not want you talking to me of Atletico or Paris - I want you to leave me in Clairefontaine [France's training camp].' But I know they were very interested.

"They are a big club that wants to become even bigger. I hope for them that they will get there.”

It would hardly be a surprise if Mourinho stepped up his pursuit of Griezmann, considering he made several attempts to lure him to Chelsea while he was in charge at Stamford Bridge.

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Atletico boss Diego Simeone is almost certain not to let his most prized asset leave the club for anything less than his value, though.

Griezmann is now held in the same regard as Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, meaning he will likely command a fee in excess of £80 million.

United may even have to contemplate shattering the recent £89 million club record sum paid to re-sign Paul Pogba from Juventus.

While Griezmann will surely attract interest from a number of clubs in addition to the Red Devils, the France international could well be swayed by the presence of compatriots Pogba, Anthony Martial and Morgan Schneiderlin.

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