Manchester United are planning to replace Henrikh Mkhitaryan with their long term target Antoine Griezmann, as per reports.
The Griezmann transfer saga incorporated the most noted series of events in the 2016 summer transfer window, and the Atletico Madrid talisman was heavily expected to complete his switch to Manchester.
However, courtesy of an upheld transfer ban on the La Liga giants, the 26-year-old decided against abandoning Los Rojiblancos, and penned down an extension instead.
Since then, the France international has been regularly linked with multiple European elites, including the likes of Spanish heavyweights Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Meanwhile, the Red Devils have remained in pursuit of the coveted striker, and as per the latest report from L’Equipe (via Metro), Jose Mourinho wants Griezmann to replace Henrikh Mkhitaryan in his starting XI.
The Armenian international kicked off his second season at Old Trafford with a bang, as he bagged five assists in his first five Premier League appearances.
But since then, the 28-year-old has struggled to find his feet, and he was also dropped from the line-up in United’s 4-1 triumph over Newcastle United last weekend.
It was further reported that Mourinho wants to infuse the centre-forward position with the Frenchman ahead to the 2018/19 season, and the star striker also believes that joining the English side remains a “possibility”.
In his new biography, Griezmann wrote: “In June, I extended my contract. I’m linked to the club until 2022. Although, I might be missing out on titles, I have everything here to be happy but that does not mean to say I won’t go one day.
“I haven’t made that decision. It all depends on various factors. I have nothing against England except for the weather. Manchester United is a possibility.”
Written by Sidharth Jindal
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