It’s the ultimate in fantasy football: a manager who hasn’t been appointed to a job which isn’t yet available wants to sign a player who has never said he wants to leave his current club or sign for the one which has yet to sack the current incumbent.
The former Real Madrid coach put Atletico Madrid on notice that he intends to sign Antoine Griezmann when he does take over. Both French and Spanish newspapers – Le10Sport and AS – carried the astonishing claim of Zidane’s intentions at the end of this season.
It’s reminiscent of the build-up to the moment when Jose Mourinho took over from Louis Van Gaal two summers ago. Now the pressure is building on the Portuguese as United stand on the cusp of disastrous implosion or the unbridled joy of success. Mourinho’s future will be decided by the outcome of this season.
United would need to spend over £200m to sign the player whose own plans are understood to involve MLS rather than the Premier League. His target, according to sources close to the player, is to sign for Internacional Miami, David Beckham’s franchise, before retiring.