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Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann ‘agrees personal terms’ with Manchester United – will a move materialise?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Rafa Benitez should plot Fernando Torres reunion at Newcastle United

Rafa Benitez should plot a reunion with his former superstar.

Jamie Watts

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Newcastle United are reportedly in the market for new forwards this summer, with Rafa Benitez identifying the Magpies’ attacking output as a key weakness last term, despite their impressive 10th place finish.

The Spaniard is calling for the club to back him in pursuit of a “10 to 15 goals a season” striker this summer, with the likes of Salomon Rondon (Northern Echo) and Bas Dost (Marca) circulating around the Newcastle rumour mill.

However, both would likely break the Magpies current club-record of £16 million – for Michael Owen from Real Madrid in 2005 – and perhaps Benitez would be better served going for a former favourite.

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Fernando Torres is a free-agent having left Atletico Madrid, following last month’s Europa League triumph and Newcastle should offer the 34-year-old a route back to England’s top flight this summer.

Under Benitez’s tutelage at Liverpool, Torres was widely recognised as one of the most formidable forwards in world football, and though his impact has diminished over the years, there’s no doubting the World Cup winner’s quality in front of goal.

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The prospect of an elite level striker arriving at St James’ Park on a free transfer is a no brainier if the player can be convinced and the club should make it happen.

He knows the league inside-out, having made 212 appearances for Chelsea – where he won the Champions League – and with Benitez at Anfield, and he could instantly propel Newcastle’s attack to higher levels.

Becoming a crucial part of a new project on Tyneside would be enticing for Torres, as his unwavering desire and tenacity on a football pitch is something that cannot be questioned. He doesn’t seem the type to move to the States or China in pursuit of one last pay-cheque.

He has all the attributes to become a cult-hero at Newcastle, and the club should act now.

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Will Liverpool regret missing out on Thomas Lemar last summer as Atletico agree deal?

Liverpool’s long-spanning target is set for a move to Spain.

Jamie Watts

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Atletico Madrid are said to have agreed a deal with Monaco to sign French winger Thomas Lemar this summer, according to a statement from the official club website, which will leave a number of Premier League sides feeling disappointed.

The 22-year-old is currently away on international duty ahead of the World Cup, but both clubs are reportedly keen on finalising the transfer before then, according to Sky Sports.

The news will come as a blow to Liverpool, who have closely courted the player for a number of years – notably throughout last season – with reports from the Independent suggesting Lemar had chosen a move to Merseyside over Arsenal in January.

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Jurgen Klopp reportedly made a £55 million bid for the player’s services last summer, but Monaco were unwilling to lose more key members of the team, having already lost Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea, Benjamin Mendy to Manchester City and Kylian Mbappe to Paris Saint-Germain. That meant Lemar and new Reds midfielder Fabinho had to remain at the Stade Louis II for an extra season.

The Reds were expected to revisit their interest in Lemar this summer after the collapse of Nabil Fekir’s highly anticipated switch, as Klopp looks to bolster his attacking options having been reminded that squad depth is a powerful thing in the Champions League final.

Rumours surrounding the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri (Mirror) and Ousmane Dembele (Mirror) suggest Liverpool are still prioritising bringing in high-profile attackers and Lemar certainly belongs in that bracket.

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His best return came a year ago, with the former Caen forward amassing an impressive 14 goals and 17 assists in all competitions, sparking the initial interest from Europe’s elite.

A year on, the Europa League champions appear to have won the race, and Liverpool will have to look elsewhere.

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Newcastle should break club record for Atletico Madrid’s Kevin Gameiro

Newcastle United should break the bank for a marquee striker this summer.

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Atletico Madrid striker Kevin Gameiro is looking increasingly likely to leave the Europa League champions this summer, in search of regular game-time, according to reports from Mundo Deportivo.

The French international has spent two seasons in the Spanish capital, but managed as few as 11 La Liga starts this term, often resigned to the bench in favour of the likes of superstar forward Antoine Griezmann and ex-Chelsea talisman Diego Costa.

Newcastle United are reportedly in the market for new forwards this summer, according to the Northern Echo, with Rafa Benitez identifying the Magpies’ attacking output as a key weakness last term, despite their impressive 10th place finish. And they should consider breaking the bank for Gameiro.

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The Magpies have not broken their club transfer record for 13 years after buying Michael Owen from Real Madrid for £16m in 2005, but Benitez thinks that will have to change if they want a “10 or 15 goals a season” striker to lead the line.

And Gameiro would represent a serious marquee signing at St James’ Park, giving fans something to get really excited about for the first time in a while. And given a first team spot he would almost certainly best the numbers mentioned by the Spanish boss.

The club will have to seriously back the move, with the Spanish giants asserting that the 31-year-old will not be sold for any less than the £28 million they paid Sevilla in 2016.

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He would be worth breaking the bank for though, as he has proved himself at the highest level for the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Sevilla and Lorient – winning an impressive four Europa League titles – while making 13 appearances for the national side since 2010.

Rumours surrounding the likes of Salomon Rondon (Northern Echo) are underwhelming for supporters, as the 28-year-old has failed to bag more than 10 goals in a domestic season, and it’s time to make a serious statement of intent.

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