Considering Manchester United’s blistering start to the season, Jose Mourinho probably doesn’t regret missing out on Antoine Griezmann.
There was a point in the summer when it looked a certainty that the Atletico Madrid forward would sign for the Red Devils.
Griezmann gave an interview on French television in which he rated the chances of him joining Man United at six out of 10, and the club’s victory in the Europa League seemed to seal the 26-year-old’s decision.
Yet the France international opted to stay at Atletico after they were hit with a transfer ban.
"The CAS sanction has been passed. I've decided to stay," Griezmann told Telefoot, per the Telegraph.
"It's been another good season and hopefully we can make some good signings in January.
"It's a tough moment for the club, for my teammates, and it would be a low blow to leave now."
Griezmann will cost Man United €100m less in 2018
Griezmann ended up signing a contract extension that saw his release clause increase from €100 million to €200m.
But Man United are still expected to go in for Griezmann next year - and he’ll only cost them €100m.
That’s because the forward’s release clause returned to its original value on August 31, according to Sport.
When Griezmann signed his new deal in the summer, an agreement was made that meant his increased release clause would expire on August 31.
It essentially meant that any club who wanted to sign Griezmann in the transfer window would have had to pay €200m to sign him, but he will now be allowed to leave for €100m.
That price seems rather cheap considering Paris Saint-Germain paid €222m for Neymar and Ousmane Dembele cost Barcelona £138m.
If Man United sign Griezmann for €100m in 2018 - when transfer prices will continue to climb - then it will represent a great piece of business.
Griezmann would have left if not for ban
Griezmann’s former agent Eric Olhats revealed this week that the former Real Sociedad star would have left for Old Trafford had Atleti not been hit with a transfer ban.
"Griezmann didn't feel able to leave Atletico," Olhats said, per the Independent.
“He's been integral to them and has shown his commitment to the club at a time when they couldn't sign players. Without the Fifa sanctions he would have gone."
Man United instead spent a large chunk of their money on Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic, both of whom appear to be great signings.
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