Barcelona star Antoine Griezmann’s phone call with Man Utd as the Reds ‘show interest’

Barcelona are preparing to sell Antoine Griezmann this summer.

And, according to Sport, Manchester United are in the mix to sign the France international.

So, with that the case, it’s time to take a look at a phone call the 30-year-old made when the Red Devils aggressively pursued him four years ago.

Barcelona signed Griezmann in the summer transfer window of 2019, paying £107million to secure the arrival of the striker.

But while he netted 20 goals across all competitions last term, the 30-year-old has failed to live up to expectations.

As a result, Barcelona are ready to cut their losses. The club need to generate money and Griezmann, as a global superstar, is a means of doing that.

Catalan media have claimed the La Liga giants want to sell the forward to a foreign team, despite the player’s preference being a return to Atletico Madrid.

Manchester United have been mentioned as potential suitors, especially with Edinson Cavani likely to depart next summer.

And, back in 2017, the Red Devils were extremely keen.

Jose Mourinho felt Griezmann would be the perfect player to build his team around, admiring the 2018 World Cup winner for the form he’d displayed with Atletico.

However, in the end, United missed out.

The Independent then revealed the France international phoned the club personally, explaining his reasons for staying put to Mourinho.

Atletico had been slapped with a transfer ban at the time, meaning they’d have been unable to replace their prized asset should United landed their man.

Griezmann had, originally, been leaning towards a move to Old Trafford.

Even some of his commercial partners, like Beats, were reportedly planning advertisements around the transfer and that United were willing to pay his £84million buyout clause.

Instead, things panned out differently.

Griezmann stayed with Atletico for two more years before leaving the club, joining Barcelona in 2019.

Yet he could be on the move again and whether that happens, ultimately, is something only time will tell.

Just last month, Griezmann revealed he’d love to play in the MLS one day.

“My contract with Barcelona is until June of 2024 and after that I think it will be the right time to go to the United States,” he said.

“I love the country, the culture, the NBA and the desire to discover new things draws me there.

“I’d love to finish my career there.”

In March, Griezmann insisted he wouldn’t look to leave Barcelona despite his struggles at the club.

“I feel very good, with my teammates and the coach,” he said.

“I am here to help, be it 10 minutes or 90. I am at the service of the collective.

“It’s time to keep our heads up and feel confidence because of how we played. We need to keep improving. We are hacked off because we were desperate to go through.

“I don’t think we deserved to go out this early but next year we’ll try to win this competition.”