On Saturday The Sun published an article saying Manchester City were very keen on Antoine Griezmann and prepared to offer £70m to secure the Frenchman’s services.
The whole transfer idea was being pushed by manager Pep Guardiola and it was stated the Spaniard would want to rival Manchester United and Chelsea, should Atletico Madrid be willing to sell their star player.
Spanish newspaper AS point out on Monday that of course, Atletico would not be willing to sell Griezmann, but then that was known anyway. The club have been handed a two transfer window ban, and whilst that may be delayed, it’s unlikely to disappear, and would make them even less likely to sell Griezmann to Manchester City or anywhere else.
That included seeing his release clause rise from €80m to the current level of €100m.
There’s simply no way Atletico would drop back down to €80m in the current market, which makes The Sun’s claims impossible to buy.
Manchester City will know the score over Griezmann’s price, and so would know preparing a £70m offer is fruitless, that is unless the pound soars and £70m suddenly becomes €100m.