The latest Griezmann update, United look to move on another striker, and Mkhitaryan looks to break record tonight

Afternoon Bulletin

UNMISSABLE UNMISSABLE TOUR UPDATE

Manchester United will also face Valerenga as part of their preparations for the 2017-18 season. The match will be played on 30th July at the Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo. The fixture will most likely be the last one before competitive action begins in mid-August. United will also be unable to defend the Community Shield they won last August as they are out of the reckoning in both the League and the FA Cup.

ONE STEP CLOSER

Atletico’s 3-0 defeat against Real Madrid has seen another development in Antoine Griezmann transfer saga. Reports have emerged that United and Griezmann’s side have agreed on a £280k a week deal to bring him to Old Trafford. United will move to trigger the £89m release clause in Griezmann’s current contract with Atletico. Taking transfer fee, agent’s fee, wages, bonuses and add-ons into consideration, the transfer will make a £170m hole in United’s pocket.

BELOTTI BID IN PLACE?

Manchester United have taken the first step to sign inform Italian striker Andrea Belotti. United have made it clear to Torino through ‘intermediaries’ that they are prepared to meet the £64m asking price. The 23-year-old has been in scintillating form all season having scored 25 goals in the league.

KEANE’S CLAIMS

Manchester United legend Roy Keane has claimed that United will win at Arsenal at the weekend even if Mourinho fields a ‘weakened side’. Jose Mourinho has made it clear that he believes that the Europa League is United’s best route into the Champions League. And to keep his team fresh for the Europa League games, Mourinho will resort to fielding a weakened side for the crunch clash. Keane also believes that he is right to do so. He has praised Mourinho for prioritising a trophy and guarantee Champions League football.

RECORD CHASING MKHI

Manchester United’s midfield magician, Henrikh Mkhitaryan could make it five consecutive European away games with a goal becoming the first United player to do so in a single season. The Armenian found the back of the net on the trips to Zorya, St. Etienne, Rostov and Anderlecht.

SHAW CONFIRMATION

Jose Mourinho yesterday confirmed that Luke Shaw will miss the rest of the season with the injury he picked up in the draw against Swansea. Mourinho revealed that the club are waiting for a second opinion as revealed a couple of days ago here. Ankle ligament damage has also been confirmed.

SQUAD IN SPAIN

The Manchester United squad to face Celta Vigo travelled to Spain yesterday. Among the players were Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Paul Pogba who are making their respective comebacks from injury.

SQUAD: David de Gea, Joel Pereira, Sergio Romero, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Axel Tuanzebe, Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Daley Blind, Michael Carrick, Jesse Lingard, Marouane Fellaini, Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera, Ashley Young, Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford.