MANCHESTER UNITED are refusing to give up on the £120million signing of French ace Antoine Griezmann.
The World Cup winning striker has set his sights on a move to Barcelona and has even agreed personal terms with the Catalan giants ready to trigger his Atletico Madrid release clause next week.
But United are trying to convince the 28-year-old that Barcelona will dump their interest if they can force through a deal to bring Brazilian superstar Neymar back to the Camp Nou.
Barca are ready to offer former Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho in part-exchange for Neymar, after PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi signalled he has had enough of the South American’s off-field antics.
And United have used Barcelona’s failure to seal the deal as part of an approach to persuade Griezmann that he should throw in his lot with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s rebuilding project.
United need a trophy signing with Paul Pogba desperate to quit and Romelu Lukaku equally determined to leave the club.
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Lukaku has agreed personal terms with Inter Milan after his agent held meetings in Italy with the Serie A giants.
Griezmann would be all that and more although it is understood he is keen to wave goodbye to Champions League football for at least one season.
But with Griezmann having burned his bridges at Atletico, where he cannot now return, United will dangle a financial carrot in case the Barca move ends up falling through.