Manchester United hold further talks with Wayne Rooney replacement

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Wayne Rooney's career at Manchester United has taken another turn for the worse as club officials have stepped up talks to find his replacement.

The captain has fallen out of favour for both club and country this season following a disappointing start to the campaign.

Despite struggling for form over the last few years, Rooney remained a guaranteed starter in Man United's line up, however, that is not the case under Jose Mourinho, who has put the forward on the bench for the last three games.

Interim England manager Gareth Southgate quickly followed suit during the recent international break but it will be his future at Old Trafford that will be of most concern right now.

That's because more negotiations with Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann have taken place, with club officials keen to make the French international Rooney's replacement, according to The Mirror.

Griezmann is now represented by his family after ditching his agent last month and a big money move away from Spain is beginning to look inevitable.

His contract at Atletico doesn't expire until 2021 but as Diego Simeone looks set to depart in two summer's time, the chances of their prized asset staying beyond that point are slim.

The 25-year-old's arrival at Old Trafford could still cost as much as £80 million and may even come close to the record-breaking fee paid for Paul Pogba's services last summer.

The move would effectively be the final nail in the coffin for Rooney, who is already having to accept his role at the club will gradually reduce between now and then.

A lucrative switch to China or MLS looks the most likely prospect for the Englishman but in the meantime, expect Rooney to cut a frustrated figure on the bench for most of the campaign.

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