Manchester United end Griezmann pursuit; who will they target now?

Manchester United have cooled interest in Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann and are now focusing on other priorities, according to BBC Sport.

What’s the latest?

It was widely thought that the France international was Jose Mourinho’s main transfer target this summer.

However, BBC Sport, as well as other media outlets, are now reporting that United are no longer working on a deal for Griezmann due to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s injury.

The striker may not be fit next season due to a serious knee problem, which throws into doubt the prospect of United keeping him for another year.

Due to the Swede’s fitness issues, the Red Devils are reportedly now keen on bringing in an out-and-out striker rather than a number 10.

The news comes after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld Atletico Madrid’s transfer ban, which would prevent them from signing a replacement if Griezmann did leave this summer.

Could Lukaku become priority?

The Everton striker has been linked to the Red Devils before, but now that the club are seemingly giving up on Griezmann for the time being, perhaps Lukaku fits the bill.

The Belgian certainly has the goalscoring prowess needed for the number nine role given that he scored 25 Premier League goals this season.

Chelsea are also rumoured suitors for the 24-year-old, who spent three years at the club before joining Everton in 2014.

As well as Lukaku, United could turn their attention to Torino forward Andrea Belotti or Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata.

Belotti scored an impressive 26 goals and created seven assists in 35 Serie A appearances this season, while Morata scored 11 fewer, but only started 14 La Liga games and came off the bench in a further 12.

Cost is unlikely to be an issue for United as they willingly smashed the world record last summer in the £89m capture of Paul Pogba from Juventus.

 


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