Now when Griezmann gets linked to United, there's mixed feelings

Antoine Griezmann has been linked on and off with Manchester United for the best part of five years now.

The links were strongest in 2017, when The Guardian claimed United were ‘closing in’ on the Frenchman.

At the time, he would have been exactly what the team needed to build on a EFL Cup and Europa League winning campaign.

Griezmann was peaking then too, and while United did invest in Romelu Lukaku that summer instead, it didn’t have the desired success.

He moved to Barcelona last summer, and find himself this past week being linked – again – with a move to Manchester United.

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Making sense of the rumours

Griezmann’s season at Barcelona has been a little underwhelming. He has eight goals in 26 La Liga games.

He should be doing better as an elite attacker, but has yet to really click alongside Lionel Messi.

After Barcelona spent £108 million to pay his release clause last summer, they would have been expecting a little better. He hit 15 for Atletico last season in the league, and 19, 16, 22 and 22 goals in preceding seasons before that.

The Mirror are among a number of outlets speculatively reporting United have Griezmann on the radar with Barcelona willing to sell this summer.

It’s probably coming from Barcelona’s end, exploring their options to try and drum up some interest and raise cash, with bidders not exactly beating down their door for Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho.

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Not so fast

While in year previously, the idea of adding Antoine Griezmann to United seemed perfect, that’s not the case any more.

It’s a genuine debate now. The short-term view would say, yes, get him in, he will make the XI better. And he would, most probably.

But the club was stung badly with the same gamble on Alexis Sanchez, and he is still on United’s books.

Griezmann is 29-years-old and coming off one of the worst seasons of his career. He would become one of the highest at United.

United cannot afford another Sanchez. Everything the club has done since with transfers shows we are trying to move away from this model.

Even if we missed out on Jadon Sancho to a rival, it would be more likely that United chase another young talent.

It’s funny to consider that United, fifth in the league, would turn down the chance to turn down Antoine Griezmann, but that’s probably what would happen if the opportunity presented itself.

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