Premier League football has been placed on paused for the moment, with players from across Europe currently tasked with playing at international level to represent their national teams. As a result of all being quiet at club level, transfer rumours are circulating as expected.
Manchester United are being linked with a number of players of late, including the likes of Jonathan Tah and João Gomes, but one of the rumours in particular could be deemed as a trap based on recent history. Antoine Griezmann is being tipped for a move to Old Trafford in 2024, with the Frenchman renowned for being one of the best players in the sport over the past 10 years.
The World Cup winner has won a whole host of honours throughout the course of his illustrious career, including La Liga, the Europa League and the Super Cup. It is easy to ascertain why supporters would be interested in acquiring his signature, but Griezmann is now 30 years old and because of that, United should be mindful of investing in his signature.
When Sir Alex Ferguson retired around a decade ago, many of the key players within the squad that he left behind were ageing beyond their prime years of performance. In his final Premier League campaign in charge, nobody amassed more minutes for him than Robin van Persie, who was aged 28 at the time.
Next was Patrice Evra followed by Michael Carrick, with both of them aged 31. Rio Ferdinand was aged 33, and Nemanja Vidic was aged 30, with veterans Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs still contributing at times, making a combined 20 starts. Overall, aside from a 26-year-old version of Wayne Rooney and a 21-year-old version of David de Gea, United had effectively peaked.
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