As Jose Mourinho looks to bolster his Manchester United side in preparation for his second season in charge, reports from The Sun claim that they have agreed personal terms with Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann. Whether or not these reports are true, the speculation surrounding the Frenchman and his potential move to the Red Devils is very interesting.
The hype surrounding the forward is justified. Since joining Atletico in 2014, he has been their star man, scoring goals for fun. For the past two seasons, he has surpassed the 20-goal mark and looks set to reach that impressive feat this season as well, currently on 16 goals with five games remaining.
The 26-year-old has a natural grace on the ball and is also very creative, possessing very clever movement and lethal finishing which makes him one of the scariest forwards in Europe.
So what would he bring to this current United team?
In Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Manchester United already have a very prolific striker who, in his first season in the Premier League, has managed 17 goals.
However, the Swede has been criticised at times this season for the chances he has missed in games where United have dropped points and his poor finishing has been one of the reasons why.
Antoine Griezmann has a fantastic finishing ability, but beyond this, he also represents a very different type of forward to Ibrahimovic.
His movement and interplay have been key to Atletico’s successes in recent seasons and, whether he be paired with Zlatan or played in a solo forward role, United would undoubtedly look a better outfit with the Frenchman in it.
The signing, should it go ahead, would be a real statement of intent from Mourinho and United. At 35-years-old, Zlatan is ageing and Griezmann could be the heir to his throne. The Frenchman is entering his prime and, if signed, he could become their key man for years to come alongside the youth of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.
If United are to compete with the sides at the top of the league, they need to be scoring goals. Antoine Griezmann is a man who can do this but beyond that, he could push them onto European success, something United fans are desperate for.