It seems like only yesterday that Manchester United fans were basking in the glow of Paul Pogba’s return to Old Trafford. The Frenchman, who moved for a world record fee of £89m in the summer after four years with Juventus was welcomed back with open arms and has solidified himself as a key part of Jose Mourinho’s new-look side. It was a gigantic deal, easily the biggest of the entire summer transfer window and will have made the footballing world sit up and take notice; United have money to spend, and they’re not afraid to do so.
As such, it’s no surprise that thoughts have turned to United’s next big signing, and all signs point towards that being Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann. The French international has playfully avoided spelling out his future in the press, but has expressed a desire to play alongside close friend Pogba at some stage in his career. The Sun are reporting that United are lining up a deal for the former Real Sociedad man this summer that will be worth well over £60m, which isn’t a surprise; many outlets have been suggesting that any deal could cost upwards of £80m or even £90m with Atletico understandably keen to get as much money as possible for their star player. Atletico have had a mixed season so far, sitting sixth in La Liga but through to the Champions League knockout stages after topping a group featuring Bayern Munich. With Diego Simeone reported to be ready to leave the club in 2017, it seems as though a pathway to Old Trafford has opened up for Griezmann.
The deal seems quite likely, in all honesty, but how will it work in practice? How will he fit into Mourinho’s side?
Perhaps Griezmann’s greatest asset is his ability to play in several positions. He can play behind the striker or out wide, and has even been deployed as a lone forward during his time in Spain.
The possibility of him linking regularly with Pogba, given their skill is an exciting one, and with Griezmann’s pace and his goalscoring abilities, the prospect of seeimg him in a red shirt wets the appetite. Having notched 66 goals during his time with the Spanish club, it’s clear that Griezmann would be bringing immense talent to United’s attack, and his flexibility will no doubt please Mourinho. The only problem the Portuguese manager may have is figuring out how to organise the embarrassment of attacking riches he would have on his hands.