Antoine Griezmann has scored almost a goal every other game in La Liga this season, netting 16 times in 33 starts with seven assists to his name but the French striker is keen on greener pastures abroad.
Having spent three seasons with Atletico Madrid in Spain, Griezmann is set to quit Vicente Calderón this summer and The Sun is reporting this morning that he is on the verge of signing a five-year contract with Premier League powerhouse Manchester United in a deal believed to be worth £14.56m per year.
Griezmann, who was anonymous as his side were thrashed 3-0 by Real Madrid in Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu, has agreed personal terms with the Old Trafford club, according to the report.
The report further claims that the 26-year-old will earn £280,000 a week at United, giving him a basic salary of £14.56m.
United will pay a transfer fee of £89m, thus activating a buyout clause in Griezmann’s Atletico contract and bonuses could see the overall cost of the deal rise to more than £170m.
His Champions League strike-rate is very similar – five goals and two assists in 11 starts.
Although the report does not mention what squad number Griezmann will take at Old Trafford, it is likely that he will keep the No.7 he current wears at La Liga outfit Atletico, as that shirt is vacant at Old Trafford, following Memphis Depay’s sale to Lyon in the January transfer window.
Griezmann has netted 27 goals in 54 outings across all competitions for Atletico and his country this campaign.