Manchester United have reportedly opened talks to sign Atletico Madrid’s French superstar Antoine Griezmann.

The Sun are claiming that Manchester United have opened talks to sign Atletico Madrid Antoine Griezmann. The French sensation has been on the radar of a host of top clubs including the Red Devils, and the report states that United have asked a leading agent to help broker a deal for the 25-year-old.

Jose Mourinho has been eyeing for a long-term replacement for Wayne Rooney, and is said to have already communicated his desire to move for the French superstar. The Portuguese manager has reportedly made the signing of Griezmann the highest priority for the summer of 2017.

The 25-year-old has reiterated his desire and commitment towards Atletico Madrid, but had admitted earlier that he may think of a move if and when Diego Simeone leaves the Vicente Calderon. El Cholo’s mutual reduction of the terms of his contract might be an indication of the Argentinian preparing to leave Los RojiBlancos.

Simeone has been linked with a return to Inter Milan, which could mean the potential availability of Antoine Griezmann. The likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain are all likely to be in the mix, while Atletico Madrid’s reluctance to sell in the same league could force Barcelona and Real Madrid to bow out of the transfer race.

The chemistry could hold the key. (Picture Courtesy - AFP/Getty Images)

The chemistry could hold the key. (Picture Courtesy – AFP/Getty Images)

Manchester United are ready to pull out all stops in order to achieve an advantage in the pursuit of the 25-year-old. The Red Devils have reportedly enlisted the aid of a leading agent as they hope to secure a deal to bring Antoine Griezmann over to Old Trafford in the summer.

The report has entailed that the striker is set to cost upwards of £60 million, a fee that is unlikely to deter Manchester United and other heavyweights. The chemistry between Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann is for all to see and the midfield maestro might just play an important role in convincing Griezmann.

Apart from the Pogba factor, Griezmann is a vocal fan of Manchester United legend David Beckham with the forward admitting that the former wing wizard was his childhood idol and he may be drawn by the prospect of donning the number 7 jersey at Old Trafford and emulating his childhood idol.

United do have the cash, the manager, the stature and the setup to lure Antoine Griezmann over to the red half of Manchester. After their record breaking deal for Pogba, It remains to be seen if they can sign yet another coveted and highly rated Frenchman next summer.

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