Manchester United still hopeful of signing Antoine Griezmann – report

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United are still hopeful of signing Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann despite Jose Mourinho cooling his interest in the Frenchman, according to reports.

The Portuguese abandoned his pursuit of the Frenchman, who featured primarily as a second striker last season, in order to secure an-all out striker, with Andrea Belotti and Alvaro Morata among those reportedly on his list.

Griezmann then committed his future to the Spanish side after their transfer ban, which states they cannot register new signings until 2018, was upheld following an appeal.

But according to ESPN‘s Rob Dawson, Man United could still activate the Frenchman’s €100m release clause if they fail to secure a striker over the transfer window.

It it worth noting that, for all the noise surrounding Griezmann’s name, he was by no means on top of Mourinho’s list ahead of the summer. The Portuguese, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic‘s future still uncertain, has always placed emphasis on signing a specialist goalscorer – somebody capable asserting themselves throughout a campaign as opposed to producing the occasional purple patch.

The 25-year-old can, of course, feature as an all-out striker, but has spent a large portion of this season playing a completely different kind of role behind Fernando Torres, and Mourinho clearly wants somebody capable of hitting the ground running in that role next season instead.

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