Manchester United have reportedly opened talks with Antoine Griezmann over a potential move to Old Trafford.
The Atletico Madrid forward has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United over the past year, but the Spanish side have so far refused to listen to any kind of offer.
But with Jose Mourinho a huge admirer of the French star, the Old Trafford hierarchy are desperate to secure this deal in the summer.
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According to the latest report published by The Sun, United have asked a renowned agent to negotiate a deal for the 25-year-old, which would exceed around £60m.
With Griezmann’s current contract at the Vicente Calderon running until 2021, the Red Devils face a stiff challenge of luring him away from the Spanish capital.
Paul Pogba has a vital role to play in the deal, by convincing his fellow compatriot to make a move to United. However, some reports claim Pogba has already spoken with his international teammate about his future.
Not only Manchester United, but reports have also linked Griezmann with Arsenal, but the highly-rated striker quashed those rumours for the time being, by insisting he is happy at Atletico.
However, with Mourinho consistently warning Old Trafford chiefs they must now move for Griezmann on a top priority basis, the Frenchman’s loyalty to Atletico is certain to be tested.
The Portuguese manager thinks Griezmann’s link up play would benefit summer signings Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Pogba, and boost United’s title challenge.
A transfer in January would be an impossible one, but United are hopeful of finalising the deal at the end of the season.