Manchester United close in on deal to sign £135m pair as Wayne Rooney looks set to depart and wipe massive salary from Old Trafford balance sheet
Manchester United are hot on the heels of two stellar additions as Jose Mourinho prepares to offload Wayne Rooney in order to make way for big-name additions.
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The Daily Express claim Mourinho’s number one target is Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann, the Fren ch international having a £85m release clause, whilst Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos is also very much on the Manchester United manager’s shopping list.
25-year-old Vicente Calderon star Griezmann has long been linked with a move to team-up with good friend Paul Pogba at Old Trafford and a summer switch is entirely plausible.
Griezmann started the season in stuttering fashion, after a superb Euro 2016 campaign, and the former Real Sociedad man has since hit eight goals and four assists in his last 13 appearances in all competitions.
That move seems like one that is nearing completion, with some sources claiming a contract has been agreed with the Atletico Madrid man and that a squad number has already been assigned, however a move for German star Kroos may prove trickier.
The 27-year-old, valued at around £50m by this source, was seemingly set to move to Man United back in 2014 but the plug was pulled at the last minute and the former Bayern Munich man moved to the Spanish capital instead.
Kroos has gone on to prove a massive success at Real Madrid, playing a key role in their Champions League triumph last season, and one wonders if Zinedine Zidane would be open to selling the intelligent central midfielder.
Meanwhile it appears Wayne Rooney is closing in on a move to China with the Daily Mirror stating that such a deal could happen in a matter of days.
A move to the Super League would see Rooney’s massive salary wiped off the Man United balance sheet, the 31-year-old currently earning a Premier League high of £300k a week, and the England international may well have played his last game for the club.
Rooney broke Bobby Charlton’s long-standing record to become Man United’s best-ever goal-scorer last month but is little more than a bit-part player under Mourinho and may well feel the time is right for a fresh challenge though a move to China seems a tad early, given that the former Everton man could easily secure a move to another big club in Europe.
A move to China could also affect his England international aspirations.