Manchester United think they can sign Barcelona star Antoine Griezmann for a “serious bargain” in the next transfer window, claims transfer expert Duncan Castles. United are once again linked with a move for Griezmann after a difficult first season for the player at Barcelona. The Red Devils came close to signing the France international two years ago.
But Castles believes United can get their man for a fraction of the fee they were prepared to pay for him back then.
“Griezmann turned 29 last month so he’s at that point in his career where your valuation and your worth in the transfer market goes down inevitably,” Castles said on the Transfer Window podcast.
“You have to find another club who is prepared to take him.
“Everyone knows that Barcelona are in difficult financial situations.
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“Everyone knows that the dressing room didn’t want Griezmann to come in the first place and want him out now and that Barcelona are looking for a replacement.
“So all of those things reduce his value and that’s why I think you will see a club like Manchester United, who tried to sign Griezmann in the past and value him as a player, value him as a commercial asset as well, that’s part of their thinking in trying to sign him two years ago, say: ‘Well let’s just have a look at this and see if there is a serious bargain to be had.
“‘How far can Barcelona be pushed? Who else is interested in taking the player? How much competition is there on the market?
“‘And maybe we can get someone we were prepared to spend the majority of our transfer budget on two years ago at a fraction of that cost and if that is the case, perhaps that’s a better route to go down than the one we’d originally been playing’.”
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Meanwhile, Castles’ colleague Ian McGarry detailed three reasons why Barcelona are open to selling Griezmann.
McGarry said: “Reasons for this are as follows. A – as we’ve just said, his performances have not matched the level that Barcelona expected him to do.
“Secondly, he’s not believed to be a particularly good influence in the dressing room.
“He is egotistical and selfish in some things we’re told and that’s not gone down well with team ethic, which has existed for so long at Camp Nou, as well as of course the little maestro himself Lionel Messi, who disregards him as a valuable team-mate.
“Third, and certainly by no means one of the insignificant reasons, Barcelona are in financial trouble.”
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