The market is just exploding right now with all those big name signings that have happened over the course of the past years, starting with that huge move that Real Madrid did in order to acquire Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur 3 years ago.
Now, with the apparition of big investors in markets like Qatar, USA, France and China, it feels like we’re set to view several record-breaking moves during this upcoming transfer windows, as globalisation and marketing have reached sports now more than ever.
A team that hasn’t hesitated to spend a lot of cash over the past few transfer windows is Manchester United, as the Red Devils are keen to go back to the former dominance they had during Sir Alex Ferguson’s time as Manchester United’s boss.
And, with the arrivals of big names like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Jose Mourinho and the world’s most expensive player Paul Pogba, it seemed like the Red Devils were set to make a huge comeback into the Premier League, but things haven’t gone their way during Mourinho’s first season as the main guy at Old Trafford.
So now, there have been several reports that state that the Glazers are keen to make yet another record-breaking move to pursue Atletico de Madrid’s biggest star Antoine Griezmann, being considered the third best player in the world behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Griezmann has been on Manchester United’s radar since the start of the season, and even if he has emphasized several times that he has no intentions of leaving Diego Simeone’s side, a £100million move could easily change their minds. But, is he actually worth that kind of money?
Antoine has been the main guy for his France national team alongside Paul Pogba, and he has shown his amazing talents since his time at Real Sociedad, as well as he does right now at Atletico de Madrid.
The versatile Frenchman can play on either flank of the pitch with great ease, as well as behind the striker or even inside opposing box as the main guy on offence, showing great ability with both feet as well as an outstanding shooting ability.
During the course of the season, the 25-year-old has managed to score 19 goals to go along with 8 assists over 36 appearances in all competitions with his club and his national team, becoming one of the most impressive players in the world while being quite durable and very young.
Griezmann is also really committed in defence and there are no actual liabilities in his overall game, although he tends to go missing when it matters the most, but that’s something that would just correct itself with time and experience.
Considering that he hasn’t reached his prime yet and that he’s arguably a top 3 player in the world right now, this kind of money would be a “fair” amount for his services, especially considering that tendency to overpay for players we’ve seen over the past few seasons.