Mourinho eyes surprise move for Werder Bremen star

With Antoine Griezmann seemingly committing his future to Atletico Madrid, Jose Mourinho’s search for a goal-scorer has moved to the Bundesliga. Atletico Madrid’s recently confirmed transfer ban means Griezmann is almost certain to stay at the Spanish capital for another campaign, so the Manchester United manager is now after a more affordable player. reports that Mourinho is looking at Werder Bremen forward Max Kruse.

What’s the word?

Kruse scored 11 goals in the final 11 games of the Bundesliga season, including all four in a 4-2 victory over Ingolstadt in April, which has attracted Mourinho’s attention. The 29-year old’s £6.8million price valuation on Transfermarkt represents a shrewd move that wouldn’t break the bank for United and would leave the door open to bigger signings.

How good is he?

The German centre-forward scored 15 goals in 23 league appearances last season, propelling Werder Bremen to eighth in the table and just a handful of points away from a Europa League qualifying spot. Kruse has played for five different Bundesliga clubs, including three in the past three seasons, and has reached double digits scoring-wise in five of the past six seasons. He made his international debut in 2013 and has scored four goals in 14 appearances for Germany.