In what seems like one of the most interesting speculations in the coming transfer market, Chelsea is making a move for French striker Antoine Griezmann. His buyout clause has reportedly triggered the blues into making a move, and it has boosted their efforts towards bringing the 24 year-old forward to Stamford bridge next summer. Chelsea is presently wanting for strikers, and the to-be EPL champions are doing everything in their power to have a standard squad that is capable of doing well at continental level. With Antoine Griezmann on his way, their search for a worthy striker should end soon.
His current buyout clause is 35 million Euros, the same price he was brought in from Real Sociedad just last season. Should the player want to move, Atletico would have no choice than to sanction a sale. And at such amount, for such a striker, one can understand Chelsea’s interest. With 22 goals in 32 league games already, he should be the cheapest striker with such quality right now in Europe. He has five years left on his current deal with the Spanish club, but it doesn’t look like he will be spending those five years in Spain, England seems his next stop, London precisely.
Although, he has also attracted interest from Bayern Munich, who see him as a possible long-term replacement for Franck Ribery, after having had a record breaking season, Chelsea is ahead in the race. He holds the record for a French player with the highest number of goals in a debut la-liga season. He places tenth in the Atletico highest goal scorer in a season, and he is the club’s most important player at the moment.
It has been claimed he has had a smooth relationship with charismatic coach Diego Simeone, and Simeone wants him to stay. The Argentine has even even urged the club for a renegotiation of Griezmann’s contract, and increase his buyout contract in the process. He wants to keep his prized-possession of a striker by all means. But it may rather be a late move, as chances of selling him and high, even though it will be against fans’ decision.