Antoine Griezmann is widely considered by Manchester United fans as the perfect summer signing by Jose Mourinho as he continues to shape and build his squad.
This week has seen a rise in the stories linking Griezmann with a move to Old Trafford and today Miguel Delaney from The Independent has pushed those rumours further with his latest piece on Griezmann. Delaney wrote: “The principles of any prospective deal have already been verbally agreed, including weekly wage and prospective shirt number.”
You’d presume anything like that would have been discussed solely with Griezmann’s agent and somebody representing United because otherwise we’d surely be tapping up the Frenchman? I suppose it would be a similar way to how we approached our move for Paul Pogba with Mino Raiola last summer, a player who is of course best friends with Griezmann which only gives further fuel to the fire of any potential deal.
United would have the €100m release clause for Griezmann and wages wouldn’t be an issue either with our revenues but the biggest hurdle lies in the move legally being allowed to happen. As it stands, Atletico Madrid are under a transfer ban having breached rules over the signing of foreign players under the age of 18 which means they cannot buy or sell any players. Real Madrid successfully appealed against their ban but Atletico failed and unless that is lifted then Griezmann legally cannot go anywhere.
In my utopian world, Atletico’s ban gets lifted, United sign Griezmann and Wayne Rooney returns to Everton. Our attacking options would then be Martial, Rashford, Mkhitaryan, Ibrahimovic, Mata and Griezmann. I mean, come on, that’s incredible and would easily be our best since 2008 when we had Ronaldo, Rooney and Tevez in our 4-3-3 formation.
Things are obviously going to continue developing with Griezmann but if Delaney is indeed correct and verbal negotiations have already been agreed in some way shape or form, it may already be more developed than we all think.