Manchester United enjoyed breaking the world transfer record so much this summer that they’re reportedly planning to do the same again next year.
Jose Mourinho, according to the Mirror, has made Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann his number one transfer target and United are aware that they would probably need to pay more than the £89 million they forked out for Paul Pogba earlier this summer.
But why, exactly, does Mourinho want Griezmann rather than another potentially obtainable world star such as Gareth Bale or Neymar?
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Well, the Mirror claim the Portuguese coach has a long-standing interest in the France international, dating back to his time with Chelsea.
Mourinho is understood to have made attempts to bring Griezmann to Stamford Bridge a couple of years ago, but the transfer failed to materialise.
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The main reason Mourinho wants Griezmannn
The main reason, however, why Mourinho wants Griezmann at Old Trafford is because he believes the Atleti star would be a “sensation” in the Premier League.
Concerns over Griezmann's physicality
This is at odds with what sources close to the player said towards the end of last season.
There were genuine concerns that Griezmann wasn’t ready for a move to England due to his physicality.
The Frenchman stands at 5ft 9in tall and looks like a strong breeze could knock him off his feet but Mourinho clearly doesn’t feel the forward’s lack of strength is anything to worry about.
Griezmann has scored 57 goals in his last two seasons with Atletico and was named as the best player at Euro 2016 earlier this summer. The 25-year-old also won the Golden Boot award at the tournament in France.
Riyad Mahrez proves small can shine in England
As Riyad Mahrez has demonstrated over the past 12 months, being big and powerful is no longer a prerequisite for shining in the Premier League.
If Mahrez can flourish in England’s top division, then concerns over Griezmann subsequently seem nonsensical.
“Everybody was saying to me: ‘Riyad, England is not for you, it is too physical, too strong. Spanish football would suit you better,’” Mahrez revealed in an interview with the Guardian back in September.
“They said I was too skinny, everyone will push you off the ball.
“I had a good technique but physically I wasn’t too strong. And I wasn’t fast. But I always worked hard.”
Few forwards work harder than Griezmann
Griezmann’s work ethic has improved significantly under Simeone - few top-level forwards put in more effort during matches than the Frenchman - and this is no doubt another reason why Mourinho is keen to bring the world-class former Real Sociedad star to Manchester next summer.
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