Report: Real Madrid in 'secret' plan to snatch Griezmann

La Liga By: Ambrose Udeme | 08/04/2017

Report: Real Madrid in 'secret' plan to sign Griezmann

Real Madrid have secretly begun plans to land Manchester United's target Antoine Griezmann at the Santiago Bernabéu in 2018, according to Saturday's edition of French sports paper L'Equipe.

The French striker has been linked with a move away from Atletico for some time, with some of the top European clubs reportedly interested in his services, namely Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Madrid derby ends in stalemate as Griezmann strikes late

The Atletico Madrid forward is one of the most sought-after attacking players in the world at the moment, having scored 79 goals in just under three seasons at the Vicente Calderon.

A late goal from Griezmann dashed Real Madrid's hopes of a first league win over city rivals Atletico Madrid since 2012-13 as the two crosstown foes played to a 1-1 draw on Saturday afternoon at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

Pepe gave Real a lead with a perfectly placed header early in the second half and Los Blancos looked like they were on their way to all three points, but Griezmann struck in the 85th minute to earn the Rojiblancos a share of the spoils.

The result opens the door a bit more for Barcelona, who are now three points behind Real in the league standings with the Catalonians in action later on Saturday.