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Boss Simeone paves the way for Griezmann's move to United

Premier League

By Mark Critchley

Diego Simeone, the Atletico Madrid manager, has said that he would not stand in Antoine Griezmann's way should the player wish to move to Manchester United.

The principles of a prospective summer deal for Griezmann between the two clubs have been verbally agreed, including the 25-year-old's potential salary.

Griezmann is "extremely keen" to play alongside his international team-mate Paul Pogba at club level, and could succeed his close friend as the world's most expensive footballer.

When pressed on Griezmann's future ahead of Atletico's Copa del Rey quarter-final against Eibar, Simeone said: "I don't tie anyone down, I simply keep working to continue getting better for the sake of the club."

"(Griezmann) is in an extraordinary moment, is working well, has gotten back on the scoresheet and his form is good. It is normal that the best teams in the world want him. I am not surprised that the teams who are looking are the ones who can afford him."

Simeone's comments contrast with those from Atletico's president Enrique Cerezo, who confirmed United's interest in Griezmann but played down the chances of the player leaving Madrid in the short-term.

Griezmann has struggled to recreate his best form this term, having ended last season as top scorer at the European Championships. The France international has notched 12 times across all competitions during the current campaign, turning out on 25 occasions for Atletico.

Bastian Schweinsteiger could be the next player to leave Old Trafford after Memphis Depay underwent a medical in France yesterday as Lyon moved closer to completing the signing of the Holland winger in a deal that could eventually be worth up to £21.7 million with add ons.

• Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Gabriel Jesus and he is available for their game against Tottenham tomorrow.

The 19-year-old signed for £27m in the summer but stayed with Palmeiras to help them win the Brazilian title.

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