Manchester United fans, grab a brown paper bag and breath into it. Now.
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Atletico Madrid and France forward Antoine Griezmann, 25, has been speaking about his intrigue in all things United.
Speaking to Sky Germany ahead of France’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Sweden on Friday, Griezmann revealed that he often speaks to France teammate (and the most expensive player on the planet) Paul Pogba about life at Old Trafford.
“I always ask Paul Pogba about Manchester United. I think they are a huge club with a really good infrastructure. I ask Paul about some of the players, and if they’re really that good, or if Jose Mourinho is really that good,” Griezmann said. “You hear a lot of things [speculation] about Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain but right now I don’t see me moving to a new club. But It would be awesome to play alongside Paul one day.”
Okay, so he added a caveat in there. Still, though, pretty intriguing thing to let slip.
Griezmann continues to be Atletico’s main man up top but we all know what usually happens to those guys: Radamel Falcao and Diego Costa have both been sold on, while Griezmann has now topped the scoring charts at the Vicente Calderon in each of the past two seasons.
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In total the French international has scored 65 goals in 120 games for Atleti in all competitions but even if teams like United, PSG and others are queuing up to get him on board, he won’t come cheap.
If Pogba is worth $110 million, Griezmann is worth around that. His form for France at EURO 2016 was sensational with his seven goals and two assists netting him the Golden Boot as the top scorer and he scooped up the player of the tournament gong despite France losing in the final to Portugal.
Would Griezmann slot in at United? Heck yeah. He’s that good, he can slot in wherever you need him, but imagine him alongside Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford if those two continue to develop at a rapid rate.
As he said himself, he doesn’t see himself moving right now. However, things change quickly in the soccer world and if this isn’t at least a subtle “come get me” plea then I don’t know what is.