Manchester United are going to be linked with every name under the sun over the next few months. Unfortunately, that is just the nature of football. Jose Mourinho has taken a backseat and now the pressure is on Edward Woodward to deliver the goods.
One man continually linked with a move to the Theatre of Dreams is Antoine Griezmann. The brilliant Frenchman has been Atletico Madrid’s talismanic figure over the last few seasons, and if he does leave the club, it’d be a real blow for them.
Now, one of his current teammates Saul Niguez has had his say on the situation, and it sounds like he isn’t really happy with the prospect of playing without Griezmann next season.
The Spaniard has said that the 26-year-old can leave if he wants, before adding that no one player is bigger than the club – which is, of course true.
“In the end, Antoine Griezmann can manage his future as he wishes,” Saul told Marca and AS Diario, translated by the Manchester Evening News. “He is with us. We are waiting for him in pre-season and finally his future he will decide.
“If Antoine Griezmann leaves we have [Fernando] Torres, [Kevin] Gameiro, [Angel] Correa and [Yannick] Carrasco.”
“He is a very important player for us, we know the quality he has, but most importantly no one player is above the club.”
To me, it seems like the Madrid club are bracing themselves for life without Griezmann, and you cannot really blame them for that. If his release clause is met and the player does want to leave then there isn’t a lot they can do to prevent the move so, in a sense, they are powerless.
I’d love to see him don out wearing the famous #7 jersey next season. Put simply, I believe he is destined for it. To acquire a player of his calibre would be another real marker sent out to the rest of the Premier League. Mourinho is trying to build somewhat of a superteam at the Theatre of Dreams, and signing Griezmann would go an awfully long way towards helping the manager achieve his goals.