Paper Talk: Man Utd rival Arsenal for £50m striker; Griezmann link cools

Date published: Tuesday 7th March 2017 7:53

Manchester United have targeted two strikers after cooling interesting in Antoine Griezmann, while Arsenal want one of six forwards to replace Alexis Sanchez, claim Tuesday’s papers.



Manchester United have cooled their interest in Antoine Griezmann – and are now instead at bringing in Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe, according to reports.

That’s according to reports in both The Sun and the Independent, who claim United have cooled their interest in the France forward due to the complexities of the transfer.

It’s claimed that while United have already agreed personal terms with the player, Atletico’s unwillingness to part with their star player in the same summer as they move stadiums has led United to “lessen the priority” of signing Griezmann.

United could, of course, activate his £85million buy-out, but it’s claimed in the Independent that that process would be more complicated than having a bid accepted.

It’s also claimed from sources close to the player that he’s rather wait to see if a move across the city to Real Madrid could materialise. Griezmann himself recently stated doubts about his willingness to move to England.

United will now explore the possibility of signing Monaco’s young talent Mbappe, who has shot to fame at Monaco this season and would cost a reported £50million.


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But it is Lewandowski who it is claimed is now United’s preferred strike target option with United set to test Bayern Munich’s resolve to hang on to the Polish striker, who recently signed a new contract.



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Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann is being named as one of six players who could replace Alexis Sanchez at Arsenal this summer.

Reports in the Daily Mail claim Arsenal have reluctantly accepted that Sanchez will move on this summer – but will not sell the player to a Premier League rival, meaning he’ll be able to choose from a move to Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain or a lucrative move to China.

And with Sanchez looking set to move to pastures new, the Independent claim Arsenal have drawn up a six-man shortlist to replace the Chilean – with Griezmann top of their wishlist.

As well as Griezmann, it’s claimed Arsenal have also targeted Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus, PSG’s Edinson Cavani, Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe, Real Madrid’s Isco and Atleti’s Yannick Carrasco.

Only Cavani could be considered a direct centre-forward from that list, and it’s thought Arsenal prefer to sign someone capable of moving around in their forward line and equally adept at playing in a deeper forward role.



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