Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is reportedly keen on launching a double swoop worth £125m for Atletico Madrid pair Jan Oblak and Antoine Griezmann.
Not content with a major summer of spending last year, it appears as though the Portuguese tactician will get the green light from the United hierarchy to continue to build a stronger squad.
According to The Daily Star, that involves spending £85m on signing Griezmann who has been a long-term target for the Red Devils, while also splashing out on £40m-rated Oblak in the event that David De Gea opts to move to Real Madrid at the end of the season.
It’s added that Mourinho has regularly sent scouts to watch Oblak who has impressed in the Spanish capital and has established himself as one of the best shot-stoppers in Europe.
While losing De Gea would undoubtedly be a major setback, it’s suggested by the Star that Madrid are willing to bid £65m for the Spanish international, thus giving United significant funds to go out and sign a capable replacement.
The fact that De Gea hasn’t played in the last two games has merely added to the speculation over his future, although Mourinho has insisted that he is suffering with an injury.
Nevertheless, it’s an ambitious plan for the United boss as he looks to bolster his squad further and make them a real force both domestically and in Europe.
While they continue to fight for a place in the Premier League top four and to win the Europa League, there are still weak areas in this squad that need to be addressed. Signing a top successor for De Gea, in the event that he does indeed leave, and a prolific forward to end their woes in front of goal, would certainly be top of the to-do list for the Red Devils.
United have scored just 46 goals in 30 games which is the worst return out of the top seven teams in the Premier League, although they do boast the second-best defensive record, albeit having played less games than their rivals.