Manchester United’s interest in Antoine Griezmann has to be among football’s worst kept secrets.
The Frenchman is widely expected to leave Atletico Madrid this summer, with the Red Devils the favourites to activate his £85million release clause.
That clause means that the La Liga side wouldn’t be able to prevent him leaving however much they’d like to.
Manager Diego Simeone is being pragmatic, nonetheless, and has realised the need to find a replacement quickly.
Griezmann has 17 goals and eight assists so far this season, so it goes without saying that Atleti need another goalscorer.
They think they may have found one, reports the Telegraph, in Lyon star Alexandre Lacazette.
The Ligue 1 club managed to hold onto the striker last summer amid bids from Arsenal and West Ham.
The Gunners may try again at the end of the current campaign, with Tottenham and Liverpool also interested.
Yet, with the money from the Griezmann sale – and with Lacazette and Griezmann being good friends – Atletico would have to be favourites.