Jose Mourinho is set to miss out on French star Antoine Griezmann as his former club Real Madrid have taken the first step towards his signature.
The Red Devils are desperate for a striker who can replace Zlatan Ibrahimović in the long term, and the in-form Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann has been at the top of the wish list for the Portuguese manager, but according to recent reports, they are set to miss out on him this summer.
The French star and his connections with Paul Pogba seemed to be enough for Manchester United to land the 25-year old, but it is now understood that Zinedine Zidane has successfully taken the first step in bringing him to the Bernabeu in the future.
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Cristiano Ronaldo has turned 34 and is not going to be at the club for a long time. He may still be the talisman he is in the next season, but Real Madrid need a replacement quickly and Zidane reportedly feels that Griezmann is the right man.
Saturday’s edition of respected French publication L’Equipe claims that Zidane has met with the representatives of the player already and hopes to convince the Frenchman for a move.
L'equipe's cover: Griezmann to Real The secret plan – The frenchman will replace Cristiano Ronaldo in 2018. pic.twitter.com/n9aUQZN2KK
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But the report claims that Griezmann will be allowed to play at the Vicente Calderon next season as well, before joining the Los Blancos in the summer of 2018.
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With his tremendous consistency, Griezmann is right up there with the best in the business and Mourinho is still ready to meet his valuation of around €100m.
It will be interesting to see if Griezmann wants to shift clubs within the city, as recently he gave interview suggesting any such deal is not possible.