The Man Utd fans in the Transfer Tavern are concerned that a recent report from ESPN regarding Antoine Griezmann could spell bad news for their club.
According to ESPN, Man Utd are facing ‘a battle’ if they decide to launch a move for Antoine Griezmann next summer, with the Frenchman far from an easy catch for Jose Mourinho. ESPN note that Barcelona remain keen on the forward, whilst Griezmann’s own personal desires could also play a part.
Significantly, Griezmann is said to hold a preference to remain in Spain, and so a move to Barcelona could interest him. Whilst a move to Manchester has apparently not been ruled out, it doesn’t appear to be particularly high on his list of priorities at the moment.
That could prove to be problematic for the Red Devils, especially if they are unable to win a few trophies this season. One would imagine that Old Trafford would get a whole lot more attractive if there are new trophies in the cabinet, but the chances of that happening are pretty low at present.
Of course, Man Utd are not guaranteed to move for the Frenchman come the summer, but it would make sense. As ESPN note, they were keen last summer, and Romelu Lukaku has hardly set the world alight this season. If they’re looking for firepower, they could do far worse than move for Griezmann, who is rated at £90 million by Transfer Markt.
Given his market value, a move for Griezmann would be expensive, not to mention the wages that he would likely demand. He might even look to demand more from Man Utd in order to convince him to swap sunny Spain for Manchester.
That being said, the club will still be an interesting proposition if they decide to make their move, and so Griezmann’s head could yet be turned.
It’s certainly not going to be an easy deal for the Red Devils to complete, though, and so Mourinho must prepare for the possibility of missing out if he does decide to move for him.
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