Newly crowned English Champions, Chelsea have been told they can sign Antoine Griezmann if they really want but they must be ready to pay his release clause.
According to the Daily Sun, Atletico have reportedly told the English outfit they will have to trigger his £46m release clause if they are to have any chance of ‘luring’ him away from the Vicente Calderon. The Spanish Capital side are fully motioned to reject any ‘paltry’ offers from the Premier League side in a bid to keep hold of the Player this coming summer transfer window.
The Frenchman has impressed since joining Atletico in a €30m move from Real Sociedad, scoring 25 goals in all competitions and attracting the interest of a host of Premier League side, with Chelsea also a reported admirer of the player. Chelsea are on the hunt in the transfer market for firepower up front after winning their first Premier League title in five years, but limped to the finish line with Diego Costa unable to stay fit and Didier Drogba set to leave the club.
Although Loic Remy has proven to be a reliable outlet to stand in for Costa, but Mourinho appears to want a more prolific and dynamic figure spearheading the Chelsea front line, and one man that fits the bill perfectly is the French striker ‘Griezmann’. Spearheading Atletico Madrid’s attack and notching 25 goals in all competitions this season seems a fair outlook for a player of such caliber.
He will seemingly prove to be a good buy after all he has consistently shown and proven that he is pure class. Chelsea on their own part have a knack for raiding Atletico’s squad as evident in the summer arrival of trio ‘Thibaut Courtois, Filipe Luis and Spanish Striker Diego Costa.
They will be looking to continue on that line as they look to lure another of Atletico’s own Antoine Griezmann to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea also have the financial firepower to complete a deal but would need to sell a couple of players first to keep within the Financial Fair Play regulations.
If Chelsea can meet the release clause, Atletico are powerless to stop a deal from being completed. With the European Championships in France next season, Griezmann is likely to be part of his country’s attack so delivering strong performances on a weekly basis as he has this year is a must for the player.
Jose Mourinho is thought to be optimistic a deal can be struck, having negotiated deals with Atletico last summer over the signings of Diego Costa and Filipe Luis, who both joined Chelsea.