Jose Mourinho identifies a backup for Antoine Griezmann at Manchester United – report

by Tanveer Arayan

Jose Mourinho has identified Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane as a backup option over the summer if Manchester United’s proposed deal with Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann falls through, according to reports.

It was reported last month that Man United and Atletico had arrived at an agreement over a summer move for the Frenchman, but the club were quick to label such claims as false.

Kane, who has 22 goals in all competitions this season, was subject to interest from Louis van Gaal during the summer of 2015, but no bid was ever made.

And according to M.E.N‘s Samuel Luckhurst, Mourinho has picked out the Englishman as an ideal second choice option ahead of the upcoming transfer window.

We ought to hand Kane the praise he deserves. It was thought back in 2015 that the 23-year-old, following a groundbreaking campaign heralded by 31 goals, would start to enter a downward spiral at Spurs. He needed to produce more – to maintain the same level of potency – if he was going to be regarded as a genuine threat, as opposed to a one-season wonder.

And since then, Kane has been an effervescent force, claiming another 28 goals in the following season as Mauricio Potchettino’s men finished in 3rd spot. He hasn’t let up in recent times, either: only Lionel Messi (13) has more goals than the Englishman (12) in 2017, and United fans would hardly complain if the 23-year-old chooses to take his superb – and somewhat unrecognised – goalscoring prowess to Old Trafford over the summer.

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