Manchester United sits one point out of the Champions League, however, they are already making move to improve their team for 2017-2018. With Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney most likely on the move United is in desperate need of offense.
United has reportedly been interested and according to Metro.co.uk United already has a deal in place with Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid for 72.8 million pounds. If early reports are true this would be a huge move and would be a great player to combine with a rising star like Marcus Rashford. Griezmann has played 49 games for Atletico Madrid and scored 25 goals.
The Sun claims that “Atletico Madrid forward has accepted United’s offer of a five-year deal worth £280,000 a week. United have indicated that they will meet Griezmann’s £89 million release clause, which will take the total cost of the transfer, including fee, wages and bonuses, up to £170 million.”
It now seems inevitable that Captain Wayne Rooney and one the candidates for PFA Player of the Year, Ibrahimovic. Adding a forward was a top priority for United but a defensemen is equally as important.
United are reportedly it talks with the Tottenham HotSpurs about defensemen Kyle Walker. According the the Metro.co.uk “Spurs hold all the cards with Walker committed to the club for another four years and suitors will have to pay in excess of £40 million for the 27-year-old.”
Although Walker and Griezmann seem the most likely to land in Old Trafford, Mourinho want too add more. His summer wish list also includes Real Madrid star Toni Kroos and Monaco’s Fabinho. According to transfer market.com Kross is projected to cost around 60 million and Fabinho is around 20 million. It will be unlikely to add all four players but United needs to prioritize defense and forwards as it stands.
United’s next game is against Celta Vigo in the Europa League Semifinal today at 3:05pm Eastern time. For Mourinho it is a huge because he his striving for the Europa title. When asked about it he said: “I know it is the only competition that Manchester United as a club have never won and it would be great to close the circle and say ‘we are a club that won every single competition in the football world’.”