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.
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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.
Manchester United fans: would you rather have Pedro or Antoine Griezmann? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!