Arsenal to battle with Manchester United for £85m Antoine Griezmann

Arsenal are expected to challenge Manchester United for the signature of Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann, the north London club having failed with an initial attempt to sign him last summer.

Arsenal were rebuffed then because the Frenchman had just extended his contract with Atletico until 2021.

But it is widely expected that Europe’s elite clubs will move again for him in the summer, with Griezmann having recently been voted third best player in the world behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

The 25-year-old Atletico Madrid striker is likely to demand more than £250,000 a week. Arsenal’s approach was made in the knowledge that the player would cost £85million — his release clause and an unprecedented fee for Arsenal to spend.

United believe they are in pole position to land the forward, with his fellow Frenchman Paul Pogba encouraging him to join him at Old Trafford.

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