There is no shock revelation in the claim that Manchester United will have to spend £88million to sign Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid; that is the Frenchman’s release clause, after all. But the Daily Express plough on, and claim that Jose Mourinho ‘isn’t giving up his pursuit’ of the striker.
‘United will have to fork out £88m to meet Griezmann’s release clause but Atletico could be willing to do business at the end of the season,’ they claim. Just to clarify, Atletico will have to do business if United meet his release clause. That’s the point.
With Diego Costa completing his £59m return to the Spanish capital earlier this week, rumours of United’s interest in Griezmann have intensified. Because what they clearly need is an elite forward to really bring the best out of Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.
Just imagine if United signed Griezmann and Paulo Dybala next summer. Perhaps Mourinho would accept he has no excuses not to deliver a title challenge?
United’s interest in Juventus forward Dybala is not new, but the identity of their biggest contenders for his signature is. Mundo Deportivo report that Real Madrid want the Argentinean.
In fact, they report that Real president Florentino Perez ‘will personally value the signing’ of Dybala, as ‘there is no other player as the multi-purpose attacker’ in the current market. The Spanish club did want Kylian Mbappe, but were not interested in entering ‘the crazy puja’ with Paris Saint-Germain. God, Google Translate is amazing.
So you have a straight choice: Real Madrid or Manchester United. Oh, that’s a tough one.
The most underrated transfer rumour of recent times is Edinson Cavani moving to Everton. The Merseyside club have clearly already forgotten that they already have the best striker in the world in Oumar Niasse.
Everton’s search for a forward is nothing new. The Toffees tried to sign a number of strikers over the summer, from Olivier Giroud to Diego Costa. It seems that Chelsea want to stick the knife in even further after not doing business over the latter.
According to The Sun, Chelsea ‘are favourites to sign Edinson Cavani if he quits Paris Saint-Germain in January’. And they are speaking literally in terms of ‘favourites’: the story revolves around betting odds.
You see, Paddy Power offer 11-2 on Cavani joining Chelsea, and 10-1 on him moving to Everton. Because Paddy Power have the inside track on PSG’s transfer business. For fu…
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