Despite ongoing speculation over the last few months, it seems that the Red Devils are planning alternatives in the case that Antoine Griezmann rejects a move to the club as the Independent say that the club is considering the possibility of moves for Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe.
The Polish 28-year-old would be the less likely to represent a like for like alternative, but has scored 30 goals and made six assists in just 34 games this season, whilst Mbappe may be younger at only 18 years of age and also capable of playing out wide, he has scored only 15 with 10 assists in all competitions for the French club in 29 appearances.
However, the club are likely to also need an imminent alternative to striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the FA have charged him and Bournemouth’s Tyrone Mings with violent conduct as they explain in a statement, saying:
“The players were involved in two separate incidents in or around the 44th minute which were not seen by the match officials at the time but caught on video… Furthermore, the FA has submitted a claim that the standard punishment that would otherwise apply for the misconduct committed by the Bournemouth defender is ‘clearly insufficient’.”
Mings could now face an extended ban, but it seems likely that the Swedish centre forward will only face a three-match suspension. Still, that poses a real problem for Jose Mourinho as he will have to adapt the side without their talisman, with Marcus Rashford likely to be a potential replacement.
The club are also monitoring the situation of Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez, but Spanish newspaper AS say that the Colombian is expected to put pen to paper on a new deal in the Spanish capital when Isco leaves the club as is expected in the summer, reducing competition in midfield.
Rodriguez was reportedly admired by Jose Mourinho and has been one of Madrid’s top assist providers this season despite not being a regular starter for Zinedine Zidane.
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