Ryan Giggs: 'Antoine Griezmann will still be on Manchester United radar'

Antoine Griezmann Man Utd

Press Association Sport understands United intend to make three or four high-quality additions this summer, but interest in Atletico Madrid's Griezmann has cooled.

As Atletico can not buy players until January, it is anticipated they will offer Griezmann a new contract.

With reports Alexandre Lacazette was set to switch Lyon for Madrid in the close season, CAS' decision has thrown the move into doubt, at least temporarily.

There were also doubts today about Atletico's willingness to sell Griezmann after it was confirmed the club has been hit with a transfer ban which means they can not sign players until the January 2018 window.

And ex-United midfielder Wilkins says Tottenham should swoop for Griezmann if they want to win the Premier League title next season.

However, injury to Zlatan Ibrahimovic has complicated United's plans and FIFA's deicison today to uphold Atletico's transfer ban has increased the likelyhood of Griezmann staying in the Spanish capital.

The Champions League semi-finalists were sanctioned by Federation Internationale de Football Association a year ago after breaching rules on the transfers of players under the age of 18.

Yesterday, the news was streaming out that Man United had made him their top target and would employ the same financial force they used to sign Paul Pogba last summer to secure his friend and global teammate. "This ruling is unfair and causes an irreparable damage to our club", Atletico said in a statement.

Should Atletico agree to take Manchester United's reported offer, they would have to cope with their existing players during the first half of the league stage and group stages in the UEFA Champions League before being able to bolster their team.

The forward had a brilliant season behind him, scoring 35 goals in all competitions for club and country and also picked up 12 assists in the process.

Both clubs are in the European Union or European Economic Area and the player is aged between 16 and 18 - even then the buying club must meet more criteria relating to education, training, living conditions and support.

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