With the search for another striking option to compliment emerging Danish youngster, Ramus Højlund at Old Trafford ahead of the second half of the season, Manchester United are closing as betting favorites to land the signature of French forward, Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid in the January transfer window.
United, who returned to Premier League action over the course of the weekend, twice dropped a goal lead against Tottenham Hotspur at home – with the above-mentioned Højlund and Marcus Rashford scoring in the same match for the first time this season.
Seeing their first half efforts cancelled out by equalizers from both Richarlison and former Juventus central midfielder, Rodrigo Bentancur, Manchester United relied on a late substitute appearance from Brazilian forward, Antony to replace Rashford in the second half – while Portuguese midfielder, Bruno Fernandes was deployed deeper and further to the right of the pitch.
And with French striker, Anthony Martial continually struggling with fitness issues this season, a slew of potential loan options for Manchester United in the winter transfer window have presented themselves, in the form of German veteran, Thomas Muller, as well as Eric Maxim Chopo-Moting – and Stuttgart marksman, Serhou Guirassy.
However, another option floated around the halls of Old Trafford for multiple years appears to be available in January amid his increasingly impressive form in La Liga comes in the form of FIFA World Cup winner, Griezmann.
Manchester United look to make loan signings in January
Netting an impressive 17 times this season so far – already beating last season’s tally, Griezmann can be backed as short as +750 to sign for United in January – with Erik ten Hag’s side beating on London side, Chelsea, and Arsenal in the race for the 32-year-old’s signature.
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Turning in a goal every three games or so following his high-profile move to Spanish giants, FC Barcelona, Griezmann was loaned to Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid last season, scoring 16 times in his return to the capital club.
And forever linked with a move to the Premier League, Griezmann’s arrival at Old Trafford for the second half of another faltering season for the side, could spur Manchester United on as they chase UEFA Champions League football for next campaign.
Welcoming Argentine center back, Lisandro Martinez back to the squad over the weekend following an extended period on the sideline through a metatarsal injury, as well as serial UEFA Champions League winner, Casemiro, United’s options in the winter transfer window seem widely limited – to potentially only loan signings.
Attempting to free up funds with Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s INEOS-backed takedown of the club expected to be rectified in February, United have so far offloaded both Donny van de Beek and Jadon Sancho back to the Bundesliga in loan deals to Frankfurt, and Borussia Dortmund, respectively.
Boisterous midfielder, Hannibal Mejbri has also completed a loan move to Spanish side, Sevilla in recent hours, as United look to balance the books and comply with FFP (Financial Fair Play) standards in an already tumultuous season so far.
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