Individual presence is vital in ensuring that players remain attracted to clubs, which is why a lot of thought and financial backing goes into acquiring popular managers by European powerhouses.
Jose Mourinho is perhaps the finest example of this, and playing under the master tactician is an unwritten clause in any contract that wishes to sway players into joining Manchester United.
However, it appears that the boss himself has to make an appearance in order to ensure that a top target doesn’t pen down his future with another club.
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As per Don Balon, Mourinho has flown to Madrid in a bid to hijack Barcelona’s attempt at securing Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid. The 26-year-old reportedly told the La Liga giants to activate his buy-out clause, which has led the Portuguese into taking dire measures.
The report added that the Camp Nou was the preferred destination for the Frenchman, and also the ideal club to activate the clause, which is priced at £89.4 million.
However, Barcelona might not be all too eager to dish that high an amount on a form-shy player who has only netted 6 goals so far this season. Should the Catalans seek another stellar forward, United will be eager to swoop in and secure the deal.
The same was all but done last summer, before the player himself chose to stay with his parent club to aid them through the period of their transfer ban. The decision came as a big blow to United, who were desperate to sign a world-class forward.
It is important to note that Don Balon is not the most reliable of all sources, and this news might not have that much strength to it after all. But it is clear that the Premier League giants aren’t the only ones eager to cash in on the potential to make Griezmann their marquee signing.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.