Manchester United Transfer News: Red Devils Must Keep Chasing Antoine Greizmann

Jason Pettigrove@@jaypetti1971Contributor IMarch 7, 2014

Antoine Griezmann could be wearing the red of Manchester United next season.
Antoine Griezmann could be wearing the red of Manchester United next season.Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Tricky Real Sociedad wide-man Antoine Griezmann remains a realistic target for a number of Premier League clubs in the January transfer window.

The Frenchman has lit up La Liga again this season with a string of high-quality performances. 15 goals in 23 appearances (per is a fantastic return from the wide areas and it's that sort of form that is interesting David Moyes.

According to Neil McLemon of the Daily Mirror, the Manchester United manager David Moyes personally watched Griezmann make his French debut on Wednesday in the 2-0 triumph over a lacklustre Dutch side.

It's easy to understand why Griezmann is so highly prized:

Aside from his goalscoring prowess, the youngster has wonderful technical ability that marks him out amongst his contemporaries.

United scout David Friio is looking forward to the player's contribution at the upcoming World Cup.

Griezmann would bring something.

His versatility and technique, in a tournament where space is limited, are real assets.

You can’t score 15 goals in a great league without having real qualities.

His acquisition could give Moyes' United side a real shot in the arm and will bring added depth to the Red Devil's front line.

Generally utilised by Sociedad in the wide left position, Griezmann's strength is in his natural ability to drift inside or down the line to equal effect.

Blessed with electric pace, the 22-year-old is a nightmare for defenders who are often left with no other option than to bring him down.

Fans of the club are seemingly already excited about his possible capture.

Moyes biggest conundrum is how to fit him into an attack that already boasts Adnan Januzaj, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.

However in the 4-2-3-1 that Moyes generally likes to employ, Greizmann excels. Chris Winterburn notes:

Griezmann is primarily a left winger boasting great speed which allows him to almost ghost past opposition right backs and was a key member of Montanier’s 4-1-2-3 formation utilised at the Anoeta last year.

The forward three is a very flexible, fluid forward line which last season played right into the hands of Griezmann who absolutely loves to roam right across the front line.

If there is a weakness to Griezmann's game at present, it is a lack of desire to come back and defend. 

Moyes likes his full backs to attack and overlap so for such a scenario to work effectively and successfully, cover is a must.

It's an area for the player to work on, but it is not a reason to pass up on his purchase. Indeed, Moyes may need to position himself at the head of the queue quickly.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed via French television channel Telefoot, h/t Daniel Jones of Metro, that he too is interested in the player:

"Yes, we follow him in great detail. He attracts other clubs as well. But we follow him, he is a known commodity."

At a reported £25 million, Griezmann represents great value for money with his best years still ahead of him.

If Moyes can also harness his occasional unpredictability, then there is no reason why the Frenchman can't go on to become a star in the Premier League for years to come.

Supporters in England pay through the nose to attend football matches these days and, understandably, they expect to be entertained.

ScoutNation show just what Greizmann brings to the party with a detailed highlight reel.

Antoine Griezmann is a crowd pleaser extraordinaire and the Old Trafford faithful will certainly get their money's worth.

After letting Thiago Alcantara and Cesc Fabregas get away last summer, David Moyes can ill afford to see another La Liga star slip through his fingers.