Man United on red alert over Antoine Griezmann as Atletico Madrid striker's release clause drops to €100m

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Griezmann's long-term future is still being speculated.

Manchester United, as well as other top clubs around Europe, will be following Antoine Griezmann even more closely this season following news of his release clause being reduced significantly.

The French superstar, who was widely linked with the Red Devils this summer but opted to stay with Atleti given they would not have been able to find a replacement due to their transfer ban, can now leave the Red and Whites if a bid of €100m or more comes in.

Griezmann signed a new deal with Diego Simeone’s men in June, which included a temporary €200m exit clause, to ward off interest from potential suitors.

But, as part of this arrangement – according to Marca – a stipulation in his contract meant his release clause would go back to the original €100m mark following the closure of the transfer window.

Given the huge fees shelled out by both PSG and Barcelona for stars Neymar (€222m) and Ousmane Dembele (€150m) this summer, Griezmann’s contractual price-tag may seem like small change to Europe’s elite.

It remains to be seen whether Jose Mourinho’s men or indeed Barcelona renew their interest in the striker come January or next summer.

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Barcelona star Messi to delay new contract amid Man City interest, Mahrez seeks January move away from Leicester

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Manchester City bound? Lionel Messi.

Another day in football, another wave of transfer rumours to keep up on. Take a look at the most recent names and gossip being floated around in the media.

Will any of the following deals happen in January?

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LIONEL MESSI

Lionel Messi will not renew his Barcelona contract and will become a free agent next summer, according to Onda Cero.

The Argentine has agreed to sign a new four year deal at the Camp Nou, but has still not put pen to paper.

Barcelona have maintained that Messi will stay, but following Neymar’s world record move to PSG, the possibility of a club paying his bumper €300 million buyout clause seems realistic.

With no contract signed, the 29-year-old has been linked strongly with a move to the Etihad Stadium in 2018, due to his close relationship with Pep Guardiola and director of football Txiki Begiristain.

RATING: 5/10

SPORT360 VERDICT

Messi may have stalled a new Barcelona contract but he is expected to stay at the Camp Nou beyond next summer.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is understandably in no rush to sort out a new deal and will bide his time until a much improved offer comes along, despite strong links to Manchester.

Lionel Messi.

Lionel Messi.

RIYAD MAHREZ

Riyad Mahrez will seek a move away from Leicester in January after missing out on a transfer in the summer window, according to the Daily Mail.

The Algerian has been linked with a host of clubs over recent months, and is likely to cost around €50 million after Roma had a series of bids rejected for the Foxes star.

The likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea are reported to be interested in Mahrez, but will only sign him if he replicates his 2015-16 form after a key role in Leicester’s shock Premier League title win that season.

RATING: 7/10

SPORT360 VERDICT

The 26-year-old expressed his desire to leave the King Power Stadium in May, and a move to Chelsea looked likely on transfer deadline day but the club priced him out of a summer switch.

Although €50 million is an expensive figure to meet, it may be a fee that one of the Premier League’s elite are willing to pay if he can string together a series of impressive displays over the coming months.

Riyad Mahrez.

Riyad Mahrez.

KASPER DOLBERG

Manchester United are set to lose out to Borussia Dortmund in the race to sign Kasper Dolberg, according to the Sun.

The 19-year-old impressed for the Dutch giants last season, firing 23 goals in all competitions.

Monaco had reportedly tabled a bid worth €50 million for the young striker during the final weeks of the summer transfer window but Ajax rejected the offer.

His exploits on the domestic and European stage have well and truly put his name in lights, and as a result, speculation is rich as to where his future might lie.

RATING: 6/10

SPORT360 VERIDCT

Speculation surrounding Dolberg will likely dominate the transfer agenda for the rest of the season – if no move is forced through in January.

The feeling among the Dutch press is the teen will stay in Holland for at least one more season but a big-money offer would really test Ajax’s resolve, especially the opportunity to work under old boss Peter Bosz in Dortmund.

Kasper Dolberg.

Kasper Dolberg.

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Everton star Ross Barkley denies undergoing medical at Chelsea

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Ross Barkley.

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has denied undergoing a medical with Chelsea on transfer deadline day.

Barkley, who is currently sidelined through injury, was reported to have travelled to London on Thursday to be assessed by the Premier League champions.

However, the 23-year-old England international took to social media on Saturday to insist that was not the case.

“Contrary to a number of reports in the press, I did not undertake a medical with any club at any point,” Barkley wrote on his official Twitter account.

“I simply decided that due to my injury, it would be best to make a decision on my future and assess all my options in January when fully fit.

“Thanks for all of the support.”

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