CAS upholds transfer ban on Atletico Madrid until 2018

Although there had been strong rumours suggesting the 26-year-old was making his way to Old Trafford, the Europa League winners seem to have lost interest in the move.

Manchester United's hopes of signing Antoine Griezmann suffered a blow on Thursday morning as it was announced that Atletico Madrid's appeal against a transfer ban was rejected.

On Thursday evening, Spanish radio station Cope revealed that Griezmann no longer wishes to leave Atletico Madrid.

United were said to be willing to trigger the €100million release clause inserted into his contract previous year and even though the situation doesn't quite make sense, the club must work on signing an alternative.

Atletico are also looking to finalise a new deal for veteran striker Fernando Torres, with their plans to try and sign Chelsea forward Deigo Costa on hold for now. The Lyon striker had been pencilled in to complete a move to Atleti to replace the presumed departing Griezmann, but if Griezmann stays and Alteti can not sign new players in any case, that move would be off the table.

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Federation Internationale de Football Association had imposed a one-year ban on Atletico last year for signing youth players in breach of rules that prevent worldwide child trafficking and luring youngsters from their home country.

However, Griezmann's move was plunged into doubt after Atletico Madrid's transfer ban was upheld - meaning they can not sign players until January 2018.

United are now targeting a main striker rather than a number 10 to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Meanwhile, The Mirror state that on the back of the interest in Griezmann waning, United will turn their attention to Lyon star Lacazette.

United's new top target is reported to be Everton striker Romelu Lukaku.

  • Julie Sanders