James Robson of the Manchester Evening News on Thursday suggested a deal that would take the France international forward to Old Trafford was "on the verge of completion." However, speaking to L'Equipe (h/t Dan Gibbs of the Daily Express) sources close to the player have stated that's not the case.
"There is no verbal or contractual agreement with any club," they said, per Gibbs. "Big clubs have inquired, notably English ones. He has both feet firmly at Atleti."
As Gibbs noted, United have long been linked with a move for the Atletico man, who has blossomed into one of the best forwards in football during his three years at the Vicente Calderon. Here is a look at why he's held in such esteem:
Griezmann has been central to Atletico challenging at the summit of Spanish and European football in recent seasons, leading the line with vibrancy for manager Diego Simeone. Per WhoScored.com, only two greats of the game have been more prolific than the 26-year-old in recent seasons:
Although United have the financial muscle to tempt Atletico into a sale, it'd be no surprise to see the capital club bat away any advances for their No. 7.
After all, they are set to move into a new stadium in the 2017-18 campaign. While Atletico have done well replacing star forwards in the past, the club's hierarchy will not want to dampen enthusiasm ahead of that big move by cashing in on Los Colchoneros' talisman.
As noted by Spanish football journalist David Cartlidge, the forward has grown into a figurehead for the club:
Griezmann has previously expressed his desire to stick around too. "I am feeling very well here," he recently told Spanish television broadcaster La 1 (h/t James Whaling of the Daily Mirror). "I see no reason why I would want to leave."
United might find the deal difficult to get over the line. However, money talks in football, and as was evident in their lucrative pursuit of Paul Pogba last summer, the Red Devils have plenty of that.
United Lead Race for Daishawn Redan
Richards suggested that as well as the Red Devils, RB Leipzig and Paris Saint-Germain have been keeping tabs on the 16-year-old, who has been starring in the Dutch giants' youth setup.
Redan has reportedly been on United's radar for more than a year. Hopes of securing his signature were boosted after talks over a new deal with Ajax stalled, according to Richards. Here's a look at why there is so much excitement surrounding the youngster:
The club's youth coach, Said Ouaali, revealed on the club's official website that Redan is set to depart this summer. "We have made every effort to maintain [such] a great talent as Daishawn for the club, but at some point, it stops," he said, per Richards. "We wish him all the best with the rest of his career."
The piece added that Redan visited the club's Carrington training facility in December. As Richards highlighted, United have a history of snapping up talents from the Ajax academy setup, with Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Millen Baars moving from Amsterdam to Manchester in recent years.