Atletico Madrid have told Manchester United that they want their number one transfer target, Antoine Griezmann, to remain at the Spanish club for one more season – but, crucially, they are also lining up signing one of his friends as his possible replacement. Despite Atletico’s protestations there is a growing expectation that Griezmann will leave at the end of this season with United almost certainly his destination. United are prepared to trigger the 100million euro (£85million) release clause in his contract, which would leave Atletico powerless to stop them, but still hope to sign the 25-year-old striker for slightly less once negotiations are underway.
Arsene Wenger will reject any offers he receives from the Chinese Super League and wants to continue managing in Europe should he leave Arsenal in the summer, according to reports. The Frenchman’s Arsenal contract expires at the end of the current season and, as he revealed in a press conference last week, he is giving serious consideration to leaving the club after 21 years in charge. Wenger shot down rumours he will retire at the end of the season and insisted that “no matter what happens I will manage next season – whether it is here or somewhere else”, putting a number of clubs on standby.
If a genie had appeared out of a bottle in Leicester in 2015 and told Foxes fans that they could win the Premier League in 2016 but would be relegated the following year, they would willingly have taken the deal. Leicester had won their first-ever Premier League title at odds of 5000-1. The Foxes are still in the top flight – not even in the relegation zone – and still in the Champions League.