Speculation is rising day by day, that Manchester United are set to seal the incredible transfer of Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann in the summer, possibly for as much as £100 million.
The Red Devils have gotten a reputation for their huge spending in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era, with chief executive Ed Woodward twice breaking the club’s transfer record, with the signings of Angel di Maria and Paul Pogba, who’s signing also broke the world transfer record. And that could be under threat again as United line up a bid for Griezmann to add to the already well-endowed forward line. Capable of playing anywhere across the attacking line, as well as a striker, the Frenchman will be an excellent addition for United.
Another player who has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford is Benfica defender Victor Lindelöf. The Swedish international has been rumoured to be on the way to United for quite some time now, but the deal hasn’t been completed yet and with Chelsea entering the competition for his signing, things seem to have gotten more complicated.
According to reports, the versatile defender, who primarily is a centre-back, but can also play as a right-back, will cost United £38 million and could be seen lining up for the Mancunians in the near future.
If Jose Mourinho manages to get his hands on these two immensely talented players, United will soar high in the coming seasons and could very well return to the pinnacle of the English football. Here we look at how the Red Devils could line up in the coming season if they complete these two deals by the next summer:
A slight tweak in the way team sets up may be expected to fit Antoine Griezmann into the team in a central role behind the main striker, so as to maximize his effectiveness on the pitch.
David De Gea (GK)
Despite plenty of rumours doing rounds linking the Spaniard with a move to Spain, De Gea is widely expected to stay with United in the near future and he will continue to be the No. 1 in the coming season.
Antonio Valencia (RB)
The Ecuadorian has been one of the most consistent performers for United this season and has established himself as a key man for Mourinho. Having recently signed a one-year extension, Valencia will continue to be the preferred choice at right-back ahead of Matteo Darmian.
Victor Lindelöf (CB)
Lindelöf will slot in into the heart of the defence straight away if he is brought in the ongoing window or the summer transfer window. A calm and composed presence at the back, the 22-year old stays on his feet and does not dive into tackles recklessly, possesses a decent turn of pace and can distribute the ball very well from the back, making him an asset at the back.
Eric Bailly (CB)
Until his injury woes, Bailly had been the best defender for United this season. And while Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo have done admirably during his absence, his strong and solid displays should make him a regular starter in the upcoming season.
Marcos Rojo (LB)
The Argentine international is playing his football in United colours this season and has been very good playing at the centre or out on the left-hand side of the defence. With Luke Shaw’s progress stalling somewhat, Rojo will be the preferred left-back ahead of Daley Blind and the former Southampton youngster.
Juan Mata (RW)
The Spaniard was widely tipped to leave Old Trafford upon Mourinho’s arrival, but with his excellent displays has won the manager’s trust and has become a highly important player for United. Expect him to continue to feature on the right flank.
Ander Herrera (CM)
Herrera has been a true revelation under Mourinho this term, with his energetic performances in the middle of the park. The former Athletic Bilbao man has been an ever-present in the midfield for United this term and with Michael Carrick’s contract situation yet to be resolved, Herrera will take one of the two places in the middle of the park.
Paul Pogba (CM)
The record signing is coming into his own after a stuttering start upon his return to Old Trafford. And if these are the signs of things to come, Pogba will become a mainstay in the midfield for United for years to come.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (LW)
The former Borussia Dortmund man has bounced back from early struggles to become United’s main creative outlet in the final third. Mkhitaryan is setting up goals, scoring a few himself and is always a major threat to the opposition backline. He will have a major role to play in United’s resurgence to the top and will be the first pick ahead of the likes of Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial.
Antoine Griezmann (No. 10)
The Frenchman, if he arrives at Old Trafford in the summer, will most likely be given a free role just behind the striker, where he has excelled for Atletico and France in recent times. Playing off someone like Ibrahimović would afford Griezmann the space to wreak havoc with his pace and intelligent movement.
Zlatan Ibrahimović (ST)
He may turn 36 by the time the next season arrives, but Zlatan continues to defy his age and continues to be unstoppable. Having already scored 19 times this term for United this term, the giant Swede is the current top-scorer for the club and is widely expected to hold on to the striker’s position in the coming season with Marcus Rashford and Griezmann deputizing for him as and when needed.