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Report: Griezmann tells Atletico Madrid he wants to leave

RCD Espanyol v Club Atletico de Madrid - La Liga

Atletico Madrid’s French forward Antoine Griezmann celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match RCD Espanyol vs Club Atletico de Madrid at the RCDE Stadium in Cornella de Llobregat on April 22, 2017. (Photo by Xavier Bonilla/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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Antoine Griezmann has moved a step closer to leaving Atletico Madrid, according to reports.

Spanish outlet COPE is reporting that Griezmann, 26, met with officials of the La Liga side and told them of his desire to leave Atleti this summer and move to Manchester United.

Previous reports suggested Griezmann moving to United hinged on the Red Devils qualifying for the UEFA Champions League and Jose Mourinho’s men secured that when they won the UEFA Europa League in Stockholm last Thursday.

United are said to have no problem with meeting Griezmann’s release clause of $110 million, which would make him the second-biggest transfer in history after the world-record $115 million United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba (Griezmann’s close friend) last summer.

Griezmann is just what United need with the French international scoring 83 goals in 160 appearance for Atleti over the past three seasons.

Mourinho’s men drew a record 15 games last season as they often missed a cutting edge in the final third and ended up finishing in sixth place in the PL table. Griezmann would provide that and plenty more as the diminutive forward can play across any of the front three positions but is best suited to play centrally.

United have a huge hole in that area with Wayne Rooney set to move on and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all but certain to be elsewhere as his contract runs out this summer following a stellar campaign which yielded 28 goals, but also a season-ending knee injury.