United in talks with Wayne Rooney’s replacement

Rumours linking Atletico Madrid frontman Antonio Griezmann with a summer move to Manchester United are gathering pace.

The Mirror has claimed that United manager Jose Mourinho has identified the French international as a natural successor to current skipper Wayne Rooney.

Rooney has started United’s last three games on the bench, and it’s getting more and more evident by the day that his future doesn’t belong with his current club.

The report claims that United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has already held talks with Atletico and has intimated them that United are prepared to make Griezmann their next big acquisition.

Griezmann has a contract with Atletico which runs until 2021, but he reportedly has a £80m release clause in his contract. However, interests from multiple clubs in his services might strengthen Atletico’s hands in negotiations next summer.

The likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea have also been linked with the Frenchman, and the Blues are expected to launch a big-money move for him next summer too.

Meanwhile, Rooney is likely to leave on a huge salary contract to either of China or MLS. The England international has already been subject to offers from Chinese Super League.

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