As Chelsea wraps up the league as title winners, they have started talks about making plans towards next season. And a striker is top of the priority list target. Chelsea is looking at bringing in former Diego Costa’s team, Atletico Madrid’s forward, Antoine Griezmann, whose previous buyout clause of 30 million Euros has been recently increased to its double (60 million Euros). Only a player of his class can Chelsea still hold on to after this development, when just few days ago, he was available for half his current fees.
Antoine Griezmann had a shaky start to his debut season at the Vicente Calderon, but he is the 3rd highest goal scorer in the La Liga at the moment trailing behind Ronaldo and Messi with 22 goals in 34 league games, and 25 goals in 44 appearances across all competition. This spectacular form has made him attract the Stamford bridge management, who looks at equipping the team with more strike power – something the 24 years old French international can deliver. The blues are looking forward to having an improved overall performance next season, especially at the Champions League.
Griezmann is a versatile player who can also feature as a winger and supporting striker. Since Chelsea wants someone of such quality who can take the pressure off injury-prone key striker, Costa, the Frenchman comes handy and will suit the team’s style of play. He is able to create chances, as he has 20 of them to his credit this season, and also has an excellent pass accuracy (79%).
Chelsea are keen on paying the buyout clause, as it doesn’t in anyway violate the financial fair play clause of the EPL. But the striker is yet to make comments as regards all the transfer speculations surrounding his name. Being in a good relationship with his coach, Diego Simeone, could be one of the deciding factors as to his decision. But as Atletico Madrid is known to be a selling club, he might just be on his way out of the club even if it will obviously be to the displeasure of the Madrid’s faithfuls.