The new season will surely start on a good note for the Red Devils as the newly-appointed handler, Jose Mourinho is set to make major changes to the squad he is inheriting at the Old Trafford. The Daily Express reports that the former Chelsea coach has set eyes on French duo and La Liga forwards, Antoine Griezmann and Kevin Gameiro, and with the Red Devils set to spend £200 million in transfer funds, acquiring the 2 and activating their buyout clauses wouldn’t be a problem. The duo scored 61 goals between them last season and are no doubt lethal finishers that will do Manchester United well as far as the attacking department is concerned.
United finished in 5th-place in what was a disappointing season for them under Van Gaal. The attack particularly was at fault with the team recording their lowest goals in a season in recent times. In 38 league games, only 49 goals were scored, and the need for a better crop of attackers is pertinent. Although Rooney got drafted into a midfield position, while Rashford became a surprise sensation as the chosen striker during the 2nd half of the season, but those weren’t enough to carry United to Champions League qualifications safety. Proven forwards must arrive in order for Mourinho to take United back to the top, and the Sevilla and Atletico forwards have all it takes to deliver the goals and goods.
Griezmann has always been on Mourinho’s radar since his Chelsea days, and it is only natural that the Portuguese still wants to land his desired player. The 24-year-old was on fire for Rojablancos last term as he banged in 32 goals across all competitions, helping his side to a 3rd place La Liga and Champions League runners-up spot. The former Real Sociedad wideman has held down a permanent starting spot in the national team, and he will be a focal point of their attack as they host the Euros on home soil. Antoine’s manager, Eric Olhats confirms that the forward is considering a summer move, but it is believed that could be dependent on Diego Simeone’s decision to remain or quit next season. The Argentine tactician highly regards him, and he saw that no move was done last summer as he made sure the club increased his buyout clause. If El Cholo remains at the Vicente Calderon next season, so will Griezmann.
That can’t be particularly said of Gameiro, as his future is independent of Unai Emery’s decisions. Despite helping Sevilla land their 3rd Europa League Cup and finish in the first half of the La Liga table with 29 goals, the 29-year-old wasn’t included in the France Euros 2016 squad. However, his finishing prowess still makes him a delight of many, and his chances of remaining at Sevilla next term are slim. His performances in the semis and finals of the Europa League further prove why he is a constant and consistent threat in the final third, and he will sure fit into a Mourinho-led team. Landing either of the 2 or both will do Manchester United a lot of good.