At present, all signs are pointing towards Man Utd making a move for Antoine Griezmann this summer, and the fans in the Transfer Tavern are delighted…
Of course, why shouldn’t they be? Griezmann is undoubtedly one of Europe’s best forwards, and his lethality in front of goal has been remarkable as of late. However, in the context of Man Utd – perhaps Jose Mourinho would be wise to look elsewhere.
First and foremost, you have to consider the costs involved. Man Utd are clearly a financial superpower, and that has allowed them to flex their financial muscles in the past, but perhaps they should look towards Paul Pogba as a reason to hold back. Of course, Pogba has done well this year, but he has hardly set the world alight. Has he justified his record-breaking price tag? Almost certainly not. That is not to say that Griezmann would suffer a similar fate, but the reported £89 million fee would put so much pressure on the Frenchman, and it is always going to be difficult to live up to the hype in that sense.
What’s more, you also have to consider it within the context of Man Utd’s current squad. Marcus Rashford will likely be Man Utd’s forward in the Europa League final, and with good reason. The Englishman has been incredible this year, and deserves all the credit coming his way. The signing of Griezmann would almost certainly disrupt that. Mourinho doesn’t utilise two forwards, and so the Portuguese will be forced to make a choice – and he would almost always pick Griezmann given the financial outlay he will demand. This is where the cost comes in once again. Perhaps it would be wiser for Mourinho to sign a couple of cheaper options, allowing Rashford to flourish whilst also giving Jose Mourinho a few more options.
There may also be question marks over whether Griezmann himself, who is rated at £68 million by Transfer Markt, would adapt to the Premier League. Far more harsh and physical than La Liga, there would certainly be an adjustment period – whilst Jose Mourinho’s demanding style of play would also pose a problem for the Spaniard. There is no evidence to suggest that he wouldn’t be just fine, but that is another risk that Man Utd must consider.
All in all, there is no doubting that Griezmann would be a great player to have. But for Man Utd, perhaps they should look elsewhere.
Man Utd fans – thoughts?
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