Manchester United and Premier League rivals Liverpool and Arsenal have reportedly been put on ‘red alert’ to sign Barcelona star Antoine Griezmann.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still wants more attacking reinforcements to increase his side’s chances of winning the Premier League, with Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho the priority target.
However, a deal for the 20-year-old is looking doubtful as Dortmund officials are adamant that he will be staying at the club for at least another year, with his contract being extended until 2023.
United haven’t given up on signing Sancho but they have been linked with a number of attacking alternatives in the event that they can’t bring him to Old Trafford.
The latest of which is World Cup winner Griezmann, who could, according to the Daily Mail, be available this summer due to Lionel Messi’s decision to stay at Barcelona.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner sent shock waves throughout the game after informing the Barcelona hierarchy of his desire to leave but has since announced that he will remain in Catalonia this summer in order to avoid a legal dispute with the club.
It’s claimed Griezmann had been promised Messi’s role at Barca in the event of his departure by new manager Ronald Koeman but the Argentine’s U-turn could now bring his disappointing stint at the club to an end.
The 29-year-old has struggled to live up to expectations following his £108million move from Atletico Madrid last summer and only managed to score nine goals throughout the La Liga season.
It’s reported that Griezmann’s poor year leaves him vulnerable as Koeman will need to trim his squad this summer, with Premier League clubs being put on alert to potentially sign him – though Barca would have to accept a massive loss on the fee they paid a year ago for any deal to happen.
M.E.N. Sport does not understand Griezmann to be a target with Sancho remaining the priority. David Brooks, Kingsley Coman, Thiago Almada and Rabbi Matondo are amongst those being considered as alternatives if the Dortmund star isn’t signed.
Meanwhile, United have failed to respond to Roma’s latest offer to buy Chris Smalling, according to reports.
Gazzetta dello Sport say confidence which had built in Rome over a possible move has now waned with United silent on a deal.
It is suggested Roma offered €12m plus more in bonuses to bring the centre-half back to the club following a successful loan stint.