Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince believes that Jose Mourinho should bring Antoine Griezmann to Old Trafford next summer.
It was reported last month that a verbal agreement between Atletico Madrid and Man United had been made, alongside an agreed weekly wage and shirt number for next season.
And following United’s dismal 0-0 draw will Hull City on Wednesday, it was revealed that the two clubs had agreed a deal ahead of a summer move for the Frenchman, although these reports were later denied by the club.
Regardless, Ince has insisted that Mourinho ought to move for Griezmann fast.
“Mourinho will have a list of players he wants in and out, and next year they will be serious title challengers,” he said.
“They need another goal scorer, they can’t constantly rely on Zlatan Ibrahimovic to find the net. They need someone clinical in front of goal. They’ve been linked with Antoine Griezmann, who would be a brilliant option.
“He can play as a striker or a winger and scores all kinds of goals. However, if Atletico Madrid are willing to sell him, United are naïve to think they will be the only team in England in for him.
“If they don’t secure Champions League this season then it may be tough to draw him, and players like him, in.”
The 54-year-old, throughout his managerial career, has placed emphasis on establishing a first choice striker, charged with the responsibility of acting as the side’s unstoppable goalscoring menace at the masthead of attack: always running, linking up with teammates and popping up in space at the right time. And Griezmann, entering the zenith of his career following a sensational 2016, perfectly fits the bill in this sense.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, whilst undoubtedly talented, can only be seen as a short term fix; Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, on the other hand, still lack the experience and pedigree to lead the line on a constant basis. Griezmann, at the age of 25, would be the ideal man to take United to the next level over the summer.