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Manchester United round-up: Griezmann blow; De Gea future up in the air; Chelsea star reveals approach

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Manchester United round-up: Griezmann blow; De Gea future up in the air; Chelsea star reveals approach

In a huge blow for the club, the Sun say that any potential move for Antoine Griezmann could be off with the Atletico striker having made it clear that if the club do not finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League, he will not be making the move to Old Trafford.

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With the club struggling to break into the top five despite going unbeaten since October, that could be a real concern for the Red Devils and could give added importance to the Europa League, with a Champions League place on offer for the winners.

Goal report that Real Madrid club president Florentino Perez has dismissed recent speculation linking the club with a move for United goalkeeper David de Gea, as he told the press yesterday:

“Someone is messing around there with De Gea. We’re not going to deny everything that comes out about transfers. We won’t work on any signing until the end of the season. Everyone is really happy with Keylor Navas.”

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De Gea almost completed a return to the Spanish capital two years ago, and Jose Mourinho has vowed not to allow the first choice ‘keeper to depart Old Trafford in the near future as he is seen as a key part of the boss’ plans for the development of a new spine to the squad, but rumours continue to circulate of a summer move.

Chelsea’s current player of the year, Willian, has revealed that Manchester United made an approach for his services as he told Globo Esporte, as translated by Goal and ESPN:

“There were enquiries, yes. It was from Manchester United, because Mourinho is there too. From other clubs I don’t know but there are always some things on the internet. I’m glad to hear that there are clubs that admire my work… I do not know if I would go [to China] or not. What I can say is that I’m happy at Chelsea, I feel very good there, like it’s my home.”

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With Willian struggling for first team football this season, often finding himself on the bench and behind Pedro in the pecking order, there could be potential for renewed interest in the summer but it still seems unlikely that the Blues will want to sell.

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