Manchester United secured Champions League qualification on Wednesday when they brushed aside a very young Ajax side to win the Europa League for the first time.
It was a victory that salvaged what was a mediocre Premier League season for the club and now with a far rosier tint to the glasses worn by United fans, star signing from last summer, Paul Pogba, has only gone and thrown fuel on the fire that is the potential arrival of a certain Antoine Griezmann this summer.
Having been linked with United for the best part of a year, Griezmann only this gave his chances of joining the Manchester club as six out of ten. Now with Champions League qualification secured for next term, these odds could now be a whole lot better.
In the hours following their victory in Stockholm, Pogba shared a somewhat cryptic and tantalising update to his Instagram profile, an update that for tin foil hat wearing folks, is the surest indication yet that the Atletico Madrid superstar is set to link up with his friend and international teammate Pogba at Old Trafford.
With the tagline of ‘Next Season’ and singing ‘Hotline Bling’ , the song used by Griezmann for his goal celebrations, is Pogba teasing fans as he did last summer ahead of his own move to Old Trafford?
Liked by several of his United teammates, most intriguing of all is the fact that Griezmann himself also liked his friend’s post.
Does all of this mean the United board are set to dig deep again this summer to bring the Frenchman to the club? Right now it is anyone’s guess.
If nothing else however, it is a reminder that the transfer season is just around the corner and as we learned last summer when Pogba arrived in the Premier League for a whopping £89 million, anything is possible. Why not another £80 million or so for Griezmann?
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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