Manchester United want Antoine Griezmann to replace Wayne Rooney.

Old Trafford chiefs believe the 25-year-old Atletico Madrid striker is the man to take over from the under pressure United skipper.

Sunday Mirror Sport last month revealed United’s interest in the French star , but since then more talks have been held with Old Trafford executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward making it known that they see the £80million-rated hitman as their next big signing.

A move to Old Trafford would effectively signal the end of Rooney’s time with United.

Although United boss Jose Mourinho has been supportive of Rooney, who has started the last three United games on the substitutes bench, he doesn’t see a long-term future at Old Trafford for his captain.

It’s likely that Rooney will be given the chance to make lucrative moves either to China or the USA once Griezmann is landed.

The France forward has ditched his agent and he and his family are now in charge of his footballing affairs.

Although he has a contract which runs until 2021 Atletico Madrid are aware that this is likely to be his last season with the club.

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