Manchester United have been linked with a move for Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plots his way to the Premier League summit.
The La Liga giants are needing to raise funds this summer amid their dire financial situation, and Griezmann could be one of the first-team stars sacrificed as a result.
According to Spanish outlet Sport, the Red Devils are one of several sides interested in the 30-year-old’s services, with Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Juventus and Manchester City also credited with an interest.
Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge of United two-and-a-half years ago, the 20-time English champions have looked to move away from signing ageing stars on huge salaries.
Instead, the Norwegian tactician has prioritised bringing in young talent who can grow and develop at the club and has had large amounts of success by doing so.
Griezmann’s arrival, therefore, would represent a reversion back to the Old Trafford outfit’s previous tactics of bringing in established names, an approach which saw the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Radamel Falcao and Bastian Schweinsteiger struggle to make an impact.
However, the World Cup-winning striker has showcased he still possesses top-class quality on the biggest stage in recent months for both club and country.
Despite France being knocked out of Euro 2020 in the first knockout round, Griezmann put in several standout displays for Didier Deschamps’ men, scoring one goal, providing 2.5 key passes per game – the highest tally amongst his teammates – and recorded an impressive 7.17 WhoScored rating.
His solid performances for Les Bleus over the summer followed on from a highly respectable campaign for Barcelona.
Greizmann bagged 20 goals and provided a further 13 assists in all competitions for the Catalan club, winning the Copa del Rey in the process, highlighting the £54 million-rated star’s world-class ability.
Therefore, news that United are interested in signing the Barca man will surely have large sections of the club’s supporters buzzing. He was once described as a “phenomenon” by ex-United man Ander Herrera, and his addition would provide a significant boost to Solsjaer’s ranks.
Although signing players in their thirties isn’t a suitable long-term transfer strategy, it could be the perfect way to bridge the gap to Manchester City next season, allowing the likes of Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Jadon Sancho time to develop their skills whilst, hopefully, winning some silverware at the same time.