Manchester United have finally cashed in on Angel di Maria, reclaiming £46 million of the £59.7 million they paid Real Madrid 12 months ago, and Louis van Gaal could secure the services of a world-class replacement by slapping down £43 million for Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann.
United would be granted permission to speak to Griezmann if they offered the aforementioned fee due to a clause in the Frenchman’s contract at the Vicente Calderon.
Quite why no club has triggered Griezmann’s release clause this summer is mystifying: this is an exceptional 24-year-old who has scored a magnificent 45 goals in the last two seasons with Real Sociedad and Atletico.
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Chelsea have been strongly linked with the player, who insisted earlier this week that he’s happy with Atletico, but have failed to make a formal offer.
But Manchester United need a marquee attacking player like Griezmann more than Chelsea, who already have Eden Hazard and Diego Costa at their disposal.
Antoine Griezmann is world class
Van Gaal stated last month that Manchester United were on the lookout for players of the calibre of Neymar - naming Ashley Young as a player who performed well for Manchester United last season but doesn’t fall into that category of star - but Griezmann is unquestionably at that level.
The France international was arguably the best signing of 2014-15 and would walk into pretty much every starting line-up in world football - including Manchester United’s.
A front three comprised of Wayne Rooney, Memphis Depay and Griezmann would be good enough to give United a serious chance of winning the Premier League this season - not to mention enhance their odds of winning the Champions League.
More complete than Pedro
Griezmann is fast, deceptively strong, surprising good in the air for his height - he stands at 5ft 9in tall but possesses a superb leap - and is deadly in and around the box with that stunning left foot of his.
Pedro will still be a very good signing for Manchester United if, as expected, he arrives from Barcelona this week - but Griezmann is arguably the more complete player.
Given the fact he is younger and potentially hungrier to win silverware than Pedro - he joined Atletico just after Diego Simeone’s side won La Liga in 2014 - Griezmann at £43 million should really be a no-brainer for Van Gaal after finally offloading Di Maria.
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