Manchester United fans are struggling to be convinced by reports that the club are interested in signing Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann this summer.
Griezmann has enjoyed a fine campaign at Atletico this season, scoring 31 goals in all competitions for the Spanish side. His most recent strike came in Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg clash against Bayern Munich, as Atletico sealed their progression to the final of the competition with a 2-2 aggregate win.
Griezmann’s excellent form has led to rumours that Man United are preparing an offer for the Frenchman but supporters believe the club may find it difficult to persuade him to move to Old Trafford, particularly if Louis van Gaal remains in charge:
@PeoplesPerson_ Griezmann wouldwalk into any team in the world. Can't see him coming to United though.
— Ala (@mufcAla) May 4, 2016
@PeoplesPerson_ I'd love it to happen but can't see it. He seems happy at Atleti & I'm not sure he'd like to drop down to the Europa League.
— Vikash Patel (@VikashPatel94) 4 May 2016
but does he fancy playing in the Europa League? ☕️ http://t.co/Ms0cHClL8M
— Van De Biek (@biealwaysanerd) May 4, 2016
@PeoplesPerson_ yes I would, only question is would he come while LvG is there?
— Lwazi's Dad (@Patr1ck_D) 4 May 2016
@PeoplesPerson_ a lot of the names being thrown around are only possible if Utd is able to secure a UCL spot. I don't see that happening
— ▶J.Tacktheritrix™ ▶▶ (@SKI_ptical) 4 May 2016
@PeoplesPerson_ with the Dutchman, you can only dream!
— Osman (@NoisyRedDEVIL) 4 May 2016
I think we can. With champions league definitely. Him and his brother are Man Utd fans and well, money talks… http://t.co/7lzIQ1p4kX
— Louis Gibson (@Gibzen) May 4, 2016
@PeoplesPerson_ absolutely. He's a massive United fan, will get a huge wage increase…would like him if Neymar isn't available
— Sarah Horrocks (@mercurialblonde) 4 May 2016
@PeoplesPerson_ would love it. Can't see it happening though. Maybe if Jose comes in, but doubt in. Griezmann would bring class to attack.!
— Kenneth Nielsen (@KennethKNielsen) 4 May 2016
Griezmann is a superb talent but he may see United as a step down as they are a team firmly in transition. Meanwhile, Diego Simeone has moulded Atletico into one of the most feared sides in Europe but money talks in football, we all know that.
United should always be looking at the very best players but they might have to focus on more realistic targets for now. Benfica’s Renato Sanches and Paris Saint-Germain’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic have been linked with moves to Old Trafford but the uncertainty surrounding van Gaal’s long-term future at the club hasn’t helped things.