Manchester United want to finish a deal for Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann in January and will make him the highest paid player in the Premier League.
The Frenchman was keen on a move to Old Trafford last summer but appeared forced to stay in Madrid after Atletico had a transfer ban upheld.
The 26-year-old has had an inconsistent season under Diego Simeone and endures keen for a new challenge.
However, Barcelona have since entered the bidding for Griezmann and offer the France international a more significant chance to win titles.
Griezmann’s release clause is set at close to £92million but will increase past a specific date next summer. Both Barcelona and Manchester United were expected to trigger it before the increase.
However, United have accelerated a move for the Frenchman after recent injuries to Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, according to the Daily Star.
Jose Mourinho is urging his board to sign Griezmann in January, and the club are willing to make him the highest paid player at the club on wages of £300,000-a-week.