Atlético Madrid have hit out at the Court of Arbitration for Sport's decision to uphold their two-window transfer ban, strongly implying that city rivals Real Madrid have received preferential treatment from the body. "We are not in concrete talks with anybody at this moment, but hearing the market I think some clubs will contact Everton".
The aforementioned ban has seen Griezmann reaffirming his commitment to Los Rojiblancos, thereby forcing Manchester United to cede their interest in him. "So it would be a dirty move for me to leave now".
But with Atletico's transfer ban upheld today and them unable to replace their stars, United may well have to switch their attentions elsewhere with regards to striking targets.
Atleti and Real Madrid were initially banned in January 2016 after both clubs were found guilty of breaching rules in signing foreign minors.
Griezmann had previously stated that he thought there was a six out of ten chance he would move to Old Trafford, and teased United fans with the following video yesterday.
"We have made a decision to stay [Griezmann and his sporting adviser Eric Olhats]", he said.
"It's a hard time for the club".
This put in the spanner in the works for Atletico who had lined up a move for Lyon striker and Griezmann's France team mate Alexandre Lacazette.
Griezmann has a €100 million buyout clause in his contract that United are aware of, but they have now taken a step away from a potential deal as they look to solve their striker shortage first.
He scored 26 goals in 53 appearances for Atletico this past season, helping the club finish third in LaLiga, and reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League and Spanish King's Cup.