Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann would be a “perfect” addition to the ranks at Manchester United, says Mikael Silvestre.
The Red Devils continue to be heavily linked with a summer move for the France international, with a potential £86 million bid said to be being considered at Old Trafford.
Such an outlay would demand an immediate return and for the subject of said deal to slip seamlessly into the Premier League fold.
Silvestre is convinced that a fellow countryman would have no trouble adapting to England and United, with the Griezmann considered to be an ideal signing at the right stage of his career.
“You need a lot of energy now in the modern game. Antoine has that. He has a lot of talent. He has got the right attitude. He would be perfect for United,” the former Red Devils defender told the Manchester Evening News.
“The fans would love him. His stamina, workrate, his finishing. It would be a great signing for Manchester United.
“In my time we had Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Teddy Sheringham – proven goalscorers. Ruud van Nistelrooy – proven goalscorer. Louis Saha – proven. Wayne Rooney – proven. That’s what you need. It is a priority.
“Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are not regular 25-goals-a-season players yet. They have some time to go to be that kind of a player who will produce week in, week out.
“You need someone like Antoine. Manchester United need him. Someone you can rely on to produce consistently. At 26 he is the right age and has a proven goals background.”
Griezmann has netted 25 times in all competitions for Atletico this season, taking his impressive return for the club to 82 in just 153 appearances.
United have struggled for goals throughout the 2016-17 campaign, with leading marksman Zlatan Ibrahimovic now injured and Juan Mata, the only other man to break into double figures, also on the treatment table.