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United are keen on Griezmann.

Manchester United keen to sign Antoine Griezmann and Kevin Gameiro

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Ever since Manchester United officially appointed Jose Mourinho as manager, a whole host of world-class talent has been linked to the Old Trafford club.

It’s hardly surprising because there are bound to be plenty of comings and goings at Old Trafford in the coming months.

Mourinho is tasked with taking United back to the top of English football after three mediocre campaigns.

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To do so, he will need to spend big to turn a side that finished 15 points behind champions Leicester into title challengers.

Unsurprisingly, many of the players being linked with a move to Old Trafford are attack-minded. Louis van Gaal’s team only managed 49 league goals last season - 22 less than rivals Manchester City who beat them to fourth place on goal difference.

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20-year-old Anthony Martial was the club’s top goalscorer in the league with 11 while Wayne Rooney could only manage eight. In the final few months of the campaign, they were relying upon 18-year-old Marcus Rashford to lead the line.

Therefore, don’t be surprised to see Mourinho attempting to sign a few attackers this summer.

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And two world-class forwards that ‘The Special One’ is interested in signing are Antoine Griezmann and Kevin Gameiro.

That’s according to ESPN, who claim a source close to United have told them that information.

Griezmann's quality

It’s hardly surprising to see clubs interested in signing Griezmann after the season he’s had. The Frenchman impressed as his side narrowly missed out on the La Liga title and reached the Champions League final - although he did miss a penalty in that match.

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His 32 goals in 54 appearances in all competitions represents a decent return and he could possibly be tempted with a partnership with compatriot Martial.

Gameiro's goals

Gameiro is more of an out-and-out striker and his 29 goals in all competitions for Sevilla helped them win the Europa League.

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While the lure of playing under Mourinho is no doubt appealing, both Griezmann and Gameiro are set to play in the Champions League next season so a move to United may be considered a step-down.

However, with the imminent arrival of big names at the Theatre of Dreams, they will be safe in knowledge that it won’t be too long until the club in back in Europe’s elite competition.

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