Real Sociedad winger Antoine Griezmann has turned down a new contract, and wants to leave the club this summer.
The 23-year-old had a superb season in San Sebastian, hitting 16 goals as Jagoba Arrasate's men finished seventh in the La Liga table, qualifying for the Europa League in the process. The Frenchman was a key part of the side, combining excellently with Carlos Vela in the Sociedad attack, and his displays in Spain have unsurprisingly attracted interest from elsewhere.
The likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco and Real Madrid have all been linked with moves to sign Griezmann, and the speculation has seemingly had the desired effect, with the winger refusing to extend his contract in a bid to earn a move away from the club this summer.
That will no doubt but the aforementioned clubs on red alert, but one club in particularly should be reading a bid to land the €30m-valued wide man – Manchester United.
The Red Devils can now go ahead with their summer rebuilding process after new manager Louis van Gaal saw his Netherlands side knocked out of the World Cup, and whilst they've already landed Southampton left back Luke Shaw and Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera, there is still plenty of work to be done at Old Trafford.
Now, van Gaal must look to strengthen his options out wide. Ashley Young, Nani and Antonio Valencia have been underwhelming for far too long and simply don't offer United enough anymore, with at least one of the trio expected to leave this summer. They do have Adnan Januzaj emerging, but adding another natural winger has to be a priority given that the likes of Juan Mata and Shinji Kagawa prefer to work infield.
That's where Griezmann would be perfect for United. The Frenchman has the pace and the technical ability to hurt defences in any way, whilst he's proven himself to be so much more prolific than any of United's current options out wide. He's still only 23, so there is still plenty of room for development in the coming years, whilst we've also seen how important pace and wingers can be for van Gaal after impressive displays from Arjen Robben and Memphis Depay at the World Cup.
United have already spent £60m, and with plenty of other holes to fill, pushing their spending towards the £100m mark in order to get Griezmann may be seen as a risk – but given his performances in Spain and at the World Cup, the Sociedad man has proven that he can be the man to bring a spark back to United's flanks.v