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Manchester United linked with French star (and no, not that one)

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Could Antoine Griezmann be snatched from Atlético Madrid?

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Part of the reason Paul Pogba seems to be underrated by a few is because he's like a duck: the calm on the surface does a lot to mask his remarkable industry and efficacy. His compatriot Antoine Griezmann, however, is like a fine mechanical watch: no one can but wonder at the workings and their intricate functionality. He'd be a dream for any club to have, offering not only sublime quality but a useful versatility -- he's featured regularly both out wide and through the middle for club and country.

Given Manchester United seem in the mood for splashing big cash (at least if recent rumours are to be believed), the Griezmann rumours were bound to appear at some point. And so they have. But unfortunately for us, manifest functionality isn't all Griezmann has in common with a Swiss timepiece -- he's also incredibly expensive. According to Spanish newspaper El Confidencial, the Atlético Madrid attacker has a release clause of a whopping €100 million, though one United, Barcelona and Chelsea are all considering taking advantage of.

Truth be told, we're sceptical about these rumours, not least because they've suddenly appeared in the aftermath of Griezmann's impressive showing against the Republic of Ireland at Euro 2016, just as Julian Draxler became the tabloid flavour of the month after he'd reminded everyone he's quite good in Germany's spanking of Slovakia. However, there's no doubting Griezmann's an excellent player, and if Mourinho is in the market for a forward, he could find few better.