By Mark Weasley
Manchester United have identified Werder Bremen forward, Max Kruse, as a potential signing for next season. The 29-year-old Germany international has enjoyed a fantastic run with the Bremen outfit, and has been identified as a fall-back option if moves for Antoine Griezmann and Andrea Belotti fail to materialize.
Atletico Madrid today, failed in their bid to rescind their transfer ban, casting doubts about Manchester United’s pursuit of Griezmann, as the Atletico man is key to Diego Simeone’s plan for next season.
Jose Mourinho is looking at attacking reinforcements for next season as United face off in four competitions. The club over relied on Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but the Swede’s injury almost curtailed our season, before the likes of Marcus Rashford and others stepped up.
Wayne Rooney is widely tipped to leave the Theatre of Dreams after 13 years of glorious service to the club while Zlatan’s injury means he may not get an extension on his current deal that expires at the end of this season. Griezmann scored 26 goals for Atleti this season, and has openly flirted with United about a transfer, but his club’s transfer ban means that United could drop their interest and go for other alternatives.
Kruse scored 15 goals in 23 matches for Werder, including a run of 11 goals in 11 games between March and May and has also represented Germany on 14 occasions, scoring 4 times. He is a striker known for his movement and finishing, and will offer Jose Mourinho an alternative, with his German roots making him a threat to any defence in the league.