Manchester United’s imminent signing of Everton striker Romelu Lukaku could see the club continue their interest in Antoine Griezmann into next summer.
The Red Devils were desperate to land the Atletico Madrid star this off-season however, due to the club’s transfer ban being upheld, the Frenchman decided to remain in Spain for at least another year.
Lukaku should arrive at Old Trafford for around £75m, with the Belgian set to take over from Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the club’s first-choice striker.
According to Manchester Evening News, Jose Mourinho is keen to forge a partnership between Lukaku and Griezmann in the near future.
On paper, it is a frightening prospect and the idea of playing with the Belgian forward and Paul Pogba could be hugely tempting for the Atletico man. United made it clear that they have ‘cooled’ their interest in Griezmann, not given up on him entirely.
However, the Frenchman did sign a new contract with Atletico this summer, keeping him at the club until 2022 with a release clause of £88m.
If Mourinho is to create his dream strike partnership, he will have to spend big, although, this has not been an issue in the past 12 months.
Griezmann’s arrival would be a huge statement of intent by United, however, it may prove detrimental to certain members of United’s squad.
If the Atleti man were to play just behind Lukaku, Pogba would likely have to operate in a midfield two, something he has struggled with in English football.
The French midfielder’s perfect role is in the advanced position of a midfield three but Griezmann’s potential arrival would alter his favoured system.