Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly eyeing an ambitious move for Antoine Griezmann with the transfer window having reopened. The France international was close to joining the Red Devils in the summer, but Atleti’s failure to overturn a transfer ban urged the forward to stay put at the Wanda Metropolitano.
According to The Express, Mourinho would prefer pursuing the services of Griezmann this month rather than waiting until the end of the season. Spanish giants Barcelona have recently emerged as front-runners for the Frenchman, but United could still pursue the versatile ace by triggering the £86m release clause in his contract.
Earlier in June, Griezmann admitted that he has a ‘6/10’ chance to join the Red Devils, and a move to Old Trafford would see him reunited with close friend and compatriot Paul Pogba whilst also getting the chance of emulating his idol David Beckham.
United have been hampered in the centre-forward department of late with both Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic sidelined, and there is a distinct need for a new marksman with Marcus Rashford, in particular, not in the best of form.
Jose Mourinho’s side returned to winning ways after a three successive draws as they claimed a 2-0 Premier League win over Everton on New Year’s Day. The victory sees them back in second spot ahead of Chelsea, who have a game in hand versus Arsenal.
Griezmann currently has an £88m($119m) release clause in his contract which lasts until the summer of 2022.