The club have received a massive boost as the Sun say that Atletico Madrid are resigned to losing their French forward Antoine Griezmann as he has grown unhappy at the Vicente Calderon with Diego Simeone’s side off the pace in La Liga and now battling to protect their top four place.
The Spanish side are already planning who they can replace their top goalscorer with and will cash in on Griezmann in the summer for a fee in the region of £80 million, with United said to be leading the chase for his services.
However, the Sun also claim that the club are increasing their efforts as they chase Everton striker Romelu Lukaku after he told his club that he will not sign a new deal on Merseyside. The Red Devils are said to be happy to spend up to £60 million on bringing the Belgian to the club.
The club see him as a long-term replacement for Wayne Rooney, who is expected to leave the club in the summer, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is yet to activate a one-year extension clause in his contract.
Jose Mourinho bizarrely expressed his disappointment at the club’s progression in the Europa League as the only top six Premier League side still competing in Europe as he revealed, as quoted by the club website:
“I am very disappointed. I am not making fun of it, I am speaking really and feeling it. It is bad for us for many reasons. It is bad for us because the five teams that are in front of us in the Premier League, none of them have international football. They will be playing one match per week, like some of them have been doing since the beginning of the season. They don’t know what fatigue is, they don’t know what accumulation is, they don’t know what it is to go home tonight and don’t speak because of fatigue. Tomorrow is another day for us and we will fight until the limit. That is what we have to do.”
Juan Mata’s 70th-minute strike was the only goal to put United into the last eight where they will face Belgian side Anderlecht, but Sergio Romero also deserved praise for a great save.
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