Manchester United are leading the race to sign Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann following Barcelona’s capture of Philipe Coutinho, according to reports.
Jose Mourinho came close to securing the Frenchman’s signature last summer but Atletico’s failed appeal against a transfer ban caused him to stay put in Spain.
But a difficult first half of the 2017/18 campaign has prompted Griezmann’s agent to note that his time in Madrid was coming to an end.
And according to the Mirror‘s John Cross, Man United have leapfrogged Barcelona as favourites to acquire his services next summer after the Catalan side splashed out £142m on Coutinho.
For the third year in a row, United have had to rely on Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford to provide the creative cut and thrust in the final third to break teams down. Manchester City, on the other hand, have evolved ruthlessly and the difference has been made manifest over the last few months.
Mourinho only added one attacking player to his ranks over the summer and there are no doubts that players with greater dynamism in the final third need to come in. Whether that will be in the form of Griezmann, who wants to find a new club before the World Cup, or somebody else like Gareth Bale or Mesut Ozil is anybody’s guess.
One thing we do know, however, is that this is an area in desperate need of addressing sooner rather than later.