Atletico appealed against the ban on signing players but it was upheld on Thursday, meaning the club can not make any signings until the January 2018 transfer window and would therefore be unable to replace the France global should he leave.
United have been heavily linked with the Frenchman but Atletico’s inability to sign a replacement due to their ban has dealt a severe blow to the Red Devils’ hopes of sealing his signing.
Atletico, together with city rivals Real Madrid, were in July 2016 banned from registering players for two transfer windows and also fined. “We have spoken with the board and we are going to go again for next season”, added Griezmann, who is now with the France squad for next Friday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier away to Sweden. Atletico can not recruit. With my sporting advisor, Eric Olhats, we chose to stay.
Both sides failed in their initial appeals to Federation Internationale de Football Association, but Real had their ban cut into half by CAS, while Atletico’s suspension was upheld on Thursday, although their fine was reduced.
“The ruling of the CAS has come through”.
The decision could have huge implications for Antoine Griezmann’s mooted move to Manchester United.
Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette had been lined up to replace Griezmann but Atletico are now unable to complete a deal for the French hitman.
And after hinting on Twitter this week he could stay at Atletico, Griezmann has now confirmed the club’s transfer ban means he will definitely not leave the Vicente Calderon this summer. “So it would be a dirty move for me to leave now”. The funds Chelsea would have raised through his sale were expected to be put towards a move for Everton’s Romelu Lukaku and Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata.