Jose Mourinho confident of completing Antoine Griezmann deal by end of June – report

by Leo Nieboer

Jose Mourinho is confident of securing the services of Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann by the end of June, according to reports.

The Frenchman recently confirmed that he was prepared to leave Atletico Madrid over the summer, expressing a desire to do more than just score goals and play nice football under Diego Simeone.

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague revealed earlier this month that Griezmann would consider a move to Old Trafford only if Jose Mourinho secured Champions League football for next season.

And with a place in next season’s group stages confirmed following victory over Ajax, the 54-year-old, according to the Independent‘s Miguel Delaney, is now confident of completing a deal for the striker by the end of June.

It is no secret that Mourinho likes to have his business done early. That much became abundantly clear when he managed to acquire the services of Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan before pre-season started. And that was even without the allure of Champions League football.

Signing Griezmann early on whilst rivals scramble over their transfer policy would send out a big statement – a potent reminder to the watching world that, with Champions League football back at Old Trafford, United will be a force in this summer’s transfer window.

You also sense that integrating the 25-year-old into Mourinho’s system as early as possible would be a big step towards ensuring that United don’t suffer another slow start when the Premier League kicks off again in three month’s time.

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