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Manchester United Cool Antoine Griezmann Interest, Identify Other Priority Signing

04 June 2017

Manchester United's hopes of signing Antoine Griezmann suffered a blow on Thursday morning as it was announced that Atletico Madrid's appeal against a transfer ban was rejected.

Manchester United have been linked with the France global for months, but now the transfer looks more unlikely than ever after Griezmann pretty much played down a move.

The France worldwide fuelled speculation last month that he was close to joining the Red Devils, admitting that there was a 6/10 chance of him making the big-money switch.

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With reports Alexandre Lacazette was set to switch Lyon for Madrid in the close season, CAS' decision has thrown the move into doubt, at least temporarily.

Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid looks on during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Real Madrid CF at Vicente Calderon Stadium on May 10, 2017 in Madrid, Spain.

He still has a release clause that United could easily meet though, meaning interest has cooled on the part of the player or Jose Mourinho.

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But he offered a hint at his thinking in a Twitter post on Thursday evening which read: "Now more than ever #Atleti #All together". His compatriot Paul Pogba too, was tasked to convince him to join, and the former Juve midfielder will undoubtedly be frustrated at the club's failure to sign him.

Express Sport understands the Red Devils have now made Everton hitman Romelu Lukaku their No1 target.

Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals in 46 games in his first season at United before injury prematurely ended his campaign.

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Mourinho may want a more traditional striker to replace Zlatan, with the club unlikely to extend his contract. The United boss will certainly be considering one of the three names if he has decided on letting go of Ibrahimovic.

Manchester United Cool Antoine Griezmann Interest, Identify Other Priority Signing