Manchester United: 'Talks Begin' In $74m Antoine Griezmann Transfer Deal

Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann.
Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann at El Madrigal stadium, December 12. Griezmann is reportedly headed to Manchester United in the summer of 2017. David Ramos/Getty

Manchester United have reportedly moved closer to signing Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann.

The Sun claims that Griezmann, 25, and United have begun talks over a £60m ($74m) deal that would take the top scorer in the UEFA Euro 2016 championships to Old Trafford in summer 2017.

Atletico have been to the UEFA Champions League final twice in the past three seasons in addition to winning La Liga in 2014.

But the club's progress under manager Diego Simeone has stalled in 2016-2017. Atletico are sixth in La Liga after 16 games, nine points behind Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid, who lead the top Spanish division with a game in hand on its rivals.

Griezmann is believed to have been a long-term target for English Premier League teams. His signature would put the futures of Wayne Rooney, United's club captain, and Juan Mata into considerable doubt.