Spanish football expert Guillem Balague believes Atletico Madrid superstar Antoine Griezmann would not consider a move to Liverpool.
After making a name with Real Sociedad, Griezmann moved to Atletico Madrid in 2014 and has since become one of the most sought-after attackers in modern day football. The Frenchman has racked up 90 goals in just 177 games for Atletico and is expected to ply his trade at a new club next season.
Griezmann was rumoured to join Manchester United this summer but couldn’t do so after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld Atletico’s transfer ban in June, meaning the club are unable to sign new players until January 2018.
Despite signing a new contract until the summer of 2022, the 26-year-old is being heavily linked again with a summer move to Manchester United after claiming that it was a ‘possibility’ that he could join us. Atletico’s rivals Barcelona are also thought to be interested in Griezmann and have reportedly agreed on a big-money deal to sign him.
When asked if a Liverpool move could be on the cards, Balague told Sky Sports:
“Griezmann is thinking of different things.”
“Liverpool have to prove they are genuine title contenders again to be able to attract the likes of Griezmann. I don’t think Liverpool are on Griezmann’s radar at this moment in time.”
The striker has been on the wrong side of the headlines this season following rumours of conflict between him and the Atletico board. Balague claims Griezmann held talks with his club following last month’s goalless draw against Real Madrid and that helped clear the air.
“There was a conversation with Griezmann and the Atletico hierarchy after the Madrid derby where he was asked if he was committed to the club,” said Balague.
“Atleti were unhappy with Griezmann’s comments about his future and how he flirts with other clubs.
“He was told he had to focus, to which he asked to be played alongside a strike partner up front. His suggestion has been listened to and now everyone is happy,” the Spanish expert further mentioned.
Liverpool, who are back up to 4th in the league table with a 5-1 win over Brighton, face Spartak Moscow in the final Champions League group game tomorrow before hosting Merseyside rivals Everton, on Sunday.