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Manchester United scout praises £25m Arsenal playmaker target

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David Friio has praised the 'real qualities' of Antoine Griezmann, with the Manchester Untied scout evidently believing that the player could be an asset for France at the World Cup this summer.

22-year-old Griezmann currently plies his trade in La Liga with Real Sociedad and is enjoying an impressive season with 15 goals and three assists in 24 appearances under the tutelage of Jagoba Arrasate.

Such captivating form has seen Griezmann linked with a move to Premier League champions Manchester United, however he is yet to make his competitive international bow for the French national team - although he is in the team for Wednesday night's friendly against Holland.

Despite this lack of experience, though, Friio is clearly a fan of the £25 million-rated playmaker and believes he could have an impact.

"Greizmann would clearly bring something," the Manchester United scout told L'Equipe in an interview that was quoted by Sky Sports.

"His versatility and technique, in a tournament where the gaps are reduced, are real assets. You can't score 15 goals in a great league without having real qualities."

Arsenal - whose title hopes suffered a potentially damaging psychological blow with a narrow defeat to rivals Stoke on Saturday - have also been linked with Griezmann, yet Giles Grimandi - a former Arsenal defender who is now a scout for the Gunners - clearly has reservations about his ability to make an impact on the biggest stages.

"He clearly has something. There is no question about that. But in the Champions League during very high level matches, he suffered. Notably against Manchester United," he said.

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