Eric Cantona, George Best, Bryan Robson, David Beckham, and Cristiano Ronaldo – besides being legends of the sport and utter gems of performers, all hold one another thing in common: the iconic No.7 shirt of Manchester United.
The hallowed jersey has been left empty for another season, after the likes of Angel Di Maria and Memphis Depay failed to meet the expectations of the Red Devils.
However, the number lies in wait for a star that has been pursued for far too long.
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Reports in Daily Star claim that Manchester United are adamant to land long term target Antoine Griezmann, whom they failed to sign this summer. The English giants have reportedly lined up a £100 million offer to activate the Atletico Madrid forward’s release clause.
The deal might not have to wait till next summer, with Jose Mourinho eager to try and pry the Frenchman away come winter itself.
The 26-year-old seemed set to make a move to Old Trafford during the summer window, but then chose to stay put at the Spanish capital, owing to his side’s transfer ban, which would have rendered them incapable of signing the France international’s replacement.
Having netted 28 goals for club and country last season, Griezmann is certainly the ideal fit for the illustrious spot with the Reds. Furthermore, he already sports the No.7 jersey for his nation, and has proved paramount in their success.
However, Mourinho and company must prepare themselves for a long drawn battle to secure the services of the forward. A newly signed five-year contract will ensure that a big money move will remain elusive in the January window.
Furthermore, other European giants too, will be eager to land him next summer, due to his release clause appearing to be a bargain in comparison to some of the fees being paid elsewhere.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.