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Saturday 17 March 2018

'It would be the ideal scenario' - Griezmann’s advisor fuels rumours of Man United deal

Antoine Griezmann Picture: PA
Antoine Griezmann Picture: PA
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

One of Antoine Griezmann’s management team has added to the suspicion that a deal to take his client to Manchester United may already be under discussion after he claimed the potential move would be the ‘ideal scenario’.

United distanced themselves from reports last week claiming a deal had already been struck between United and Atletico Madrid to sign Griezmann, yet their denial has not dampened down suspicions that the 25-year-old Frenchman is on his way to Manchester.

Now his adviser Sebastien Bellencontre has given a cryptic message over the future of his star striker, as he suggested Griezmann would relish the chance to follow in the footsteps of his hero David Beckham by wearing the United No.7 shirt.

“When I read articles about a hypothetical transfer to Manchester United I think it would be the ideal commercial scenario,” Bellencontre was quoted by the magazine.

“He would play at Beckham’s former club, which is his idol, with the same legendary number on his back.

“Beyond sports, Paris Saint-Germain would be interesting at Franco-French level, but he already has international trajectory with the selection.”

United manager Jose Mourinho has stated that he has already identified the players he wants to sign next summer, with Griezmann believed to be at the top of a list of targets in what is likely to be another transfer splurge ahead of next season.

Mourinho has bemoaned his side’s lack of cutting edge this season, as he appears to have lost faith with Anthony Martial amid claims that he will target the capture of two marquee strikers ahead of next season.

Griezmann’s arrival would be a huge boost to United and despite his links with Paris Saint-Germain, the striker has previously hinted he would be interested in linking up with his friend and compatriot Paul Pogba at Old Trafford.

“I always ask Paul Pogba about Manchester United,” Griezmann told Sky in Germany last year. ”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.

“You hear a lot of things 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.”

Reports have claimed that Griezmann may be reluctant to join United if they fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League, but these latest developments suggest what would be the transfer of 2017 is moving closer.

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