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Manchester United lining up 2017 Griezmann move

The French international forward is considered one of the best players in the world at the moment, and José Mourinho reportedly wants him to replace Wayne Rooney at Old Trafford.

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José Mourinho wants to bring Antoine Griezmann to Manchester United next summer, and the Portuguese coach thinks the Frenchman is the ideal long-term replacememt for captain Wayne Rooney, according to reports.

In an "Insider Buzz" video, Bleacher Report’s Dean Jones claims that Mourinho believes Grizmann will be looking for a move to the Premier League in a year’s time, and the former Internazionale and Real Madrid manager is confident of being able to sign the 25-year-old.

It is also claimed that Mourinho sees Griezmann as being the ideal long-term replacement for Wayne Rooney in United’s attack.

The 35-cap French forward has recently signed a new contract with Atlético Madrid, bumping his release clause up to €100 million (£84 million).

But, following the €105 million (£89 million) capture of Paul Pogba this summer, United have demostrated that such figures are not beyond their budget.

Griezmann joined Atléti from Real Sociedad for €30 million two years ago, and has scored an impressive 57 goals in 107 appearances for Los Colchoneros.

The winger-cum-striker, who is believed to be a life-long United supporter, was voted player of the tournament in the recent UEFA European Championships, in which he finished as top scorer with six goals, helping France reach the final on home soil.

A deal of this kind of magnitude cannot be put together over night, so, if United’s interest is real, it would make sense for the club to put the wheels in motion at such an early stage.

And, in addition to supposedly being a United fan, Griezmann would also be able to link up with international colleagues Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, should he chose to move to Old Trafford.

But, despite landing in hot water with the club over his remarks about their poor start to the season, Griezmann is believed to be happy at Atlético. And if he does decide to leave next summer, there will be a host of elite clubs queueing up to sign him.