Imagine how different the top of the Premier League table might look today if Manchester United had signed Antoine Griezmann last summer like they were supposed to. That 17-point gap to Manchester City might be, who knows, 15 points?
But we may not have to imagine much longer, because according to the Express the deal could still happen. The paper claims Griezmannâ€™s club Atletico Madrid are interested in two United players â€“ Ander Herrera and Anthony Martial â€“ and this could open the door to a â€śstunning swap dealâ€ť.
Atleti are allegedly ready to pay a combined ÂŁ70m for midfielder Herrera and forward Martial, who have struggled for playing time under Jose Mourinho, while Griezmann is poised to leave the Wanda Metropolitano for around ÂŁ87m.
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The only snag with the Expressâ€™s story is that everyone else seems to be in agreement that Griezmann is definitely on his way to Barcelona. The Mirror reports that Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu held â€śtalksâ€ť with the playerâ€™s agent in October.
Bartomeu also claimed he had â€śbumped into him (Griezmann) occasionally in the Balearic Islandsâ€ť, presumably at some pumping Ibiza nightclub where the French forward got off his nut and vowed to move to the Nou Camp and become the new Messi.
Arsenal probably wish Antoine Griezmann had moved to Old Trafford last summer too, because then he wouldnâ€™t have helped knock them out of the Europa League last week. And the Gunners may also wish they hadnâ€™t made Mesut Ozil the highest paid player in their history.
The Sun says the German playmakerâ€™s teammates are â€śfed up with his shocking prima donna attitudeâ€ť after he was accused of â€śpicking and choosingâ€ť the games he plays in.
A back problem and series of mystery illnesses have ruled the 29-year-old out of a large chunk of Arsenal games this season, normally the boring ones in places like Burnley and BATE Borisov.
Meanwhile, the Gunnersâ€™ search for a man to oversee next seasonâ€™s exciting Europa League campaign has led them to Carlo Ancelotti. The Star says the jobless Italian has been identified as a â€śback-up optionâ€ť if moves for Max Allegri and Luis Enrique fail, which canâ€™t do much for Carloâ€™s self-esteem.
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Also in the Star, Chelsea are said to have leapfrogged Liverpool in the race to sign Lyon playmaker Nabil Fekir. The Blues are now in â€śpole positionâ€ť to land the 24-year-old Frenchman in a ÂŁ62m deal this summer.
Commenting on the rumours Fekir said, â€śThereâ€™s nothing for the moment. Iâ€™m still at Lyon,â€ť displaying an excellent knowledge of his current whereabouts.
Elsewhere, the Blues could sell striker Alvaro Morata to his former club Juventus and replace him with Paris Saint-Germainâ€™s Edinson Cavani (Metro), Liverpool have spoken to Juve about bringing Sami Khedira to Anfield in a midfielder-swap for Emre Can (Sun) and Andres Iniestaâ€™s move from Barcelona to Chinese side Chongqing Lifan is â€śin doubtâ€ť due to financial concerns (Goal). Possibly after Iniesta found out he would be earning a lower wage than Graziano Pelle.