By Andrew Hyslop
- United appeared to have switched their summer transfer targets
Antoine Griezmann appeared to be Manchester United’s number one transfer target this summer but it now appears United may switch their focus elsewhere.
It is believed that Zlatan Ibrahimović’s knee injury suffered against Anderlecht may have seen United switch their priorities in this summers transfer market.
Following the injury to the Swedish striker who scored 28 goals in the 2016/17 season. United may now be looking for a out and out number nine.
The injury to Ibrahimovic and the likelihood that Wayne Rooney will leave the club. Leaves Mourinho with just Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in the number nine role.
Rashford has proved that he can play in the number nine role but there are also doubts over Martial’s future under Mourinho.
If Griezmann is pursued by the club. The likelihood is that the French forward will be used in the number ten role but Mourinho feels he has players to play in that role in Mata and Mkhitaryan.
Another blow to United’s pursuit of Griezmann is the news that Atletico Madrid have had their transfer ban upheld and won’t be able to sign anyone until January 2018.
It is believed that United haven’t completely ruled out the ideal of signing the Frenchman this summer but the priority for now is to sign an out and out number nine.
Names being suggested as possible transfer targets for that number nine role are Andrea Belotti, Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata.
Other Transfer News
Other transfer news concerning Manchester United is around goalkeeper David De Gea at the moment.
The Spanish international goalkeeper is reported to be a subject of a £60million bid from Real Madrid according to Sky Sports News.
Sky Sports News reported this news late on Wednesday night and said that the bid had been rejected by Manchester United.
However the Manchester Evening News reported earlier today that United haven’t received a bid for their number one goalkeeper and are confident of keeping at Old Trafford this summer.
De Gea has two years remaining on his contract with the option to extend for a further year. Leaving the club in strong position.