Old Trafford boss preparing £160million move for the strike duo to play alongside veteran Zlatan in the scariest front three in world football
JOSE MOURINHO wants Romelu Lukaku and Antoine Griezmann to join Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Manchester United.
The Old Trafford boss is preparing a mega £160million move for the strike duo as skipper Wayne Rooney prepares to leave the club.
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Mourinho is also determined to turn Ibra into the new godfather of Old Trafford — and wants the super Swede to stay for an extra year on a further £10m deal.
The Special One goes into tomorrow’s clash against leaders Chelsea knowing he needs more firepower to make United champions again and turn them back into Champions League contenders once more.
Mourinho has chased Athletico Madrid’s Griezmann for months and has no intention of giving up.
Even if that means he has to tell Manchester United to match the world record £89m paid to Juventus for Paul Pogba’s return last summer.
But he is just as determined to land Lukaku and keep him out of Chelsea’s clutches with Diego Costa certain to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.
Mourinho let 23-goal Premier League leading scorer Lukaku leave his former club to begin with, first on loan to West Brom and then Everton before he made his Goodison move permanent.
He cost £28m then but he is now priced by Toffees boss Ronald Koeman at £70m – a record between Premier League clubs.
But Mourinho wants him back due to his desire to join an ambitious Champions League – as well as having the chance to almost double the £120,000 per week wages Everton are offering.
The United boss also has an ace in the pack with Rooney, 31, who has accepted his time is up at Old Trafford.
He is very open to a return to the spiritual home he left as an 18 year old for £27m in 2004.
The major problem in getting a deal over the line is Rooney’s contract, which is worth over £31m – and he still has over two years to go on his £250,000 a week contract.
Rooney is understood to be ready to accept what Everton can pay him – almost certainly the club record figure that Lukaku has rejected.
But for him to move United have to come up with a severance package for their captain – at least £20m to cover those last two years of his deal.
Griezmann, meanwhile, is also open to playing under Mourinho on principle but will not leave Athletico for a club that is not in the Champions League – but United could still achieve that this season.
But with Lukaku and at least £100m of other new signings to bolster his squad, Mourinho will hope there is no question of that come this time next year.
And he hopes his willingness to buy the best at whatever cost might tempt Griezmann this summer – Champions League or not.