Friday 28 April 2017

Paul Pogba persuading Antoine Griezmann about Manchester United move

France's Paul Pogba (left) and Antoine Griezmann
France's Paul Pogba (left) and Antoine Griezmann
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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After his brother suggestively tweeted a picture of Old Trafford earlier this week, Antoine Griezmann continues to be heavily linked with a move to Manchester United.

According to the Daily Record's Duncan Castles, closely connected to all things Jose Mourinho, Utd have told Paul Pogba to cajole his international teammate into the switch.

Pogba has a strong personal relationship with the Atletico Madrid forward who is regarded as one of Europe's most coveted attacking talents.

United have been criticised for a lack of speed in their attack over the past few seasons, and Griezmann's pace and flexibility could see him replace record goalscorer Wayne Rooney.

Another player he could replace is Anthony Martial whose relationship with Jose Mourinho is at an 'all time low' according to The Times.

The French forward was left out of the squad for Utd's 2-1 EFL Cup semi-final defeat at Hull, just as he was for Utd's draw at Stoke on Saturday.

Explaining his decision, Mourinho said: “I don’t think he lost his focus. I just think he didn’t catch with both hands a big opportunity he had. We have still five players for this position. We have Rashford, Lingard, Mata, [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan and Martial, and I cannot give the same player chance after chance after chance and not consider the effort of the others.”

The Times say Martial has grown 'deeply frustrated' by Mourinho's perplexing man management and that matter could become more pressing if he is left out of the France squad in March as he was last November.

Elsewhere, The Sun report that Matteo Darmian has been hunting for luxury apartments in Milan as he tries to force through a move to Inter.

While it is eminently possible an Italian footballer might want a flat in Milan for his own enjoyment, the news adds to the feeling Darmian is growing increasingly frustrated at Old Trafford.

The former Torino full back looked an astute signing in the summer of 2015 and has impressed for Italy against England in the previous summer's World Cup.

However, after a promising start Darmian had a nightmare against Alexis Sanchez and Arsenal in Utd's 3-0 loss at the Emirates 15 months ago which seemed to knock his confidence.

Mourinho has recently labeled Antonio Valencia the best right back in the world, so Darmian's chances of breaking into the first XI look slim.

It seemed as though Utd's pursuit of Benfica defender Victor Lindelof was off but according to Gabrielle Marcotti a January remove could be revived if the price is right.

“It looked as if this move for Lindelof was definitely happening… then he extended his contract and increased his buyout clause,” Marcotti told Football Whispers.

“Man United questioned it but I think they will bring in a defender, or they hope to if it’s at the right price.

“And I think if they can get a discount on Lindelof then it’s something that could come back on.”

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