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Manchester United step up Antoine Griezmann chase

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Manchester United step up Antoine Griezmann chase and want him as a replancement for Rooney.

Old Trafford chiefs believe the 25-year-old Atletico Madrid striker is the man to take over from the under pressure United skipper.A move to Old Trafford would effectively signal the end of Rooney’s time with United.

Manchester United step up Antoine Griezmann chase

Although United boss Jose Mourinho has been supportive of Rooney, who has started the last three United games on the substitutes bench, he doesn’t see a long-term future at Old Trafford for his captain.

It’s likely that Rooney will be given the chance to make lucrative moves either to China or the USA once Griezmann is landed.The France forward has ditched his agent and he and his family are now in charge of his footballing affairs.

Although he has a contract which runs until 2021 Atletico Madrid are aware that this is likely to be his last season with the club.

Manchester United step up Antoine Griezmann chase

With manager Diego Simeone having given Atletico notice that he will leave next summer, the chances of holding onto Griezmann have substantially decreased.

Griezmann fancies moving to the Premier League and has knocked back overtures from Paris Saint-Germain.

United know they will face a fight with Chelsea for his signature, both clubs prepared to meet the huge asking price.