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Man Utd move off? Griezmann commits to Atletico Madrid after transfer ban logo 01-06-2017

Antoine Griezmann has pledged his loyalty to Atletico Madrid after their transfer ban was upheld, appearing to rule out a summer move to Manchester United in the process.

United have been heavily linked with the Frenchman but Atletico's inability to sign a replacement because of their ban has dealt a severe blow to their hopes of sealing his signing.

And Griezmann appears to have now poured cold water on the potential switch by tweeting "Now more than ever, Atleti" hours after the Spanish club's appeal against the punishment was rejected.

Atletico had been tipped to move for Chelsea striker Diego Costa and Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette in the coming months but will now be unable to sign players until January 2018.

That looks set to at least delay a move that could have challenged the world transfer record, with Griezmann's buy-out clause reportedly set at around €100 million.

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Reports in the British press on Thursday morning suggested United were instead turning their attention to a No.9 to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with Alvaro Morata, Romelu Lukaku and Andrea Belotti all linked.

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