Manchester United fans are at a loss to explain how their club have lost out to Chelsea in the race to sign Barcelona forward Pedro - and now Louis van Gaal and Ed Woodward are under intense pressure to recruit another top forward in order to bolster their attacking options.
Both Van Gaal and Woodward have serious questions to answer after failing to land Pedro, who will cost Chelsea just £21 million.
But they can appease the Manchester United faithful - and significantly boost their chances of finishing the season with silverware in the process - by signing a player even more complete than Pedro. Step forward, Antoine Griezmann.
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The 24-year-old would have cost Manchester United a reasonable £43 million earlier this summer, but will now set the Red Devils back a cool £56 million after the release clause in his contract was increased this week.
Nevertheless, the world-class France international would still be worth every penny. Not only would he provide Manchester United with additional quality in attack, but his signing would also be a major statement of intent from the Premier League giants.
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United in danger of falling further behind Chelsea & City
While United may have secured the services of Memphis Depay and Bastian Schweinsteiger amongst others this summer, they have still missed out on a host of top transfer targets including Sergio Ramos, Nicolas Otamendi and now Pedro. Supporters are understandably frustrated and a little concerned.
The last two players will strengthen Manchester City and Chelsea, respectively. Manchester United, as things stand, are in real danger of falling further behind their potential title rivals.
In fact, if Manchester United fail to sign another forward and a new top-class centre-back to partner Chris Smalling before September 1 it’s safe to say they won’t finish the season as Premier League champions.
Griezmann would be worth every penny
The arrival of Griezmann, however, would instantly help United close the widening gap on Chelsea and City.
This is a versatile forward who can play on either flank, through the middle, and has scored a magnificent 45 goals in all competitions over the past two seasons with Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid.
He’s looked sensational in pre-season and possesses the qualities required to succeed in the Premier League: immense technical quality, speed of thought and a willingness to put in a shift.
While £56 million would obviously be a huge amount of money to spend on Griezmann, Manchester United need to start splashing the cash or risk finishing the season empty handed for the third successive campaign.
Manchester United fans: would Antoine Griezmann be the dream alternative signing for your team? If not, who would be? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!