If Memphis Depay fails to adapt to life at Manchester United - which, as even Louis van Gaal admitted this past weekend, isn’t beyond the realms of possibility - then Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has to be one of the first names on the list of potential replacements.
And even if Memphis does end up finding his feet at Old Trafford, which should happen given the immense talent the Dutchman possesses, United should still be doing everything in their power to bring the France international to Old Trafford.
Griezmann made yet more waves on social media on Sunday afternoon, scoring his sixth goal of the season - a fabulous solo effort against his former club Real Sociedad, now managed, of course, by ex-United boss David Moyes - to further enhance his burgeoning reputation. (Scroll down to see a video of Griezmann’s goal).
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It comes as no surprise to see Griezmann’s name linked with both Chelsea and Arsenal in this morning’s newspapers, but United can ill-afford to allow this player to join one of their great Premier League rivals.
The 24-year-old has the potential - and is firmly on the right tracks - to become one of the world’s very best players. In his previous two full seasons, with La Real and Atleti, Griezmann has netted a superb 45 goals. Not bad when you consider he has mostly been deployed in wide areas.
Griezmann: The new king of Old Trafford?
Once the two extraterrestrials, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, finally begin to decline, Griezmann is one of a handful of stars with the ability to cement his status as the world’s best footballer - along with the likes of Neymar, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez.
And with their current superstar, Wayne Rooney, now days away from his 30th birthday and past his best, 2016 will be the perfect time for Manchester United to splash the cash on an obtainable world-class player to become the new king of Old Trafford.
Perhaps Antony Martial or the aforementioned Memphis will claim that title, but whether either player will scale the same heights at Griezmann is unclear. The French forward is unquestionably the real deal.
Premier League would be no problem
Could he cut it in the Premier League? There appears to be no obvious reason why not.
He stands at 5ft 9in tall, but is rapid - as he proved against his former club this weekend - deceptively strong, is blessed with a brilliant left foot, is intelligent and can hold the ball up. What more do you need to succeed in the Premier League which, at present, is inferior in quality to the Spanish top flight?
That he plays alongside Martial for the French national team means there will be an instant connection between the two compatriots should Griezmann join United next summer.
And United fans are already salivating at the prospect of the two Frenchmen linking up together next season - check out some of these tweets.
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