Manchester United are attempting to hijack Barcelona’s £120 million move for Antoine Griezmann, who has been one of the most prolific strikers in world football over the past five years, scoring 133 goals in 257 league matches for Atletico Madrid.
The Red Devils have been linked with a move for French World Cup winner since 2016 and remain interested in luring the striker this transfer window.
Antoine Griezmann is closing in on the move to Barcelona and is understood to have agreed personal terms with the La Liga champions ahead of a switch which could be completed next week.
But The Sun says Manchester United remain undeterred and are trying to hijack the move at the last-minute by warning the 28-year-old that he is Barcelona’s second-choice.
The Catalan giants have expressed interest in bringing Brazilian sensation Neymar back to Nou Camp and are willing to offer Philippe Coutinho to Paris Saint-Germain as part of the deal.
Manchester United have signed Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka this summer but the side are under pressure to secure a marquee signing after a dismal campaign.
The club finished sixth in the Premier League, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer enduring a shocking run towards the end of the season after briefly impressing following Jose Mourinho’s departure.
Ed Woodward is also contending with the chance of losing star midfielder Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku.
Meanwhile, Aaron Wan-Bissaka became Manchester United’s second summer signing and the young left-back cost Manchester United an initial £45 million.