Chelsea Vow To Fight Man Utd In Race For £86m Atletico Madrid Striker Antoine Griezmann
Current Premier League leaders Chelsea have now joined Manchester United in the race to rope in Atletico Madrid superstar Antoine Griezmann.
Foottheball sources have now revealed that Chelsea have shown huge interest in securing the services of Griezmann in the summer.
Blues boss Antonio Conte is very fond of the French striker and believes that he is the perfect player to bolster his front-line.
Atletico Madrid had inserted a buy-out clause of £86min Griezmann’s contract and they are aware that they cannot stop their superstar from leaving if any club meets his release clause.
And Conte is confident that Chelsea will pull back and will match any Manchester United offer.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte will now be given £200million summer transfer budget as they are now set to return to Champions League, according to FootTheBall sources.
Chelsea are now keen on securing the services of the Atletico Madrid forward after Diego Costa has been linked again with a mega-money money offer from the Chinese Super League and Conte is also eyeing to offload Belgian striker Batshuayi in the summer – only a season after roping him in.
And even if Chelsea do not lose any of their main strikers in the summer, they are now eyeing to make some big signings in the summer.
The Blues are currently at top of the Premier League table – 10 points ahead of Spurs It is believed that they are edging closer to clinch a second title in three seasons and the Chelsea hierarchy are keen on adding more reinforcements, keeping in mind European football next season.
Meanwhile, Premier League giants Manchester United are now reportedly on the brink to rope in Atletico Madrid superstar Antoine Griezmann in the summer.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been the main upfront for Manchester United this season but now the Red Devils bosses are now in search of a world-class striker, who could solve problems in United’s attack.
Zlatan is yet to agree a contract extension at Old Trafford – leaving Mourinho with options like Rashford, Lingard and Martial.
And after monitoring Griezmann’s red-hot form in the last two seasons, it is believed that Mourinho is keen on roping in the services of the extremely gifted French striker.
Griezmann has also been under the radar of La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona this season and earlier the Atletico Madrid hierarchy were keen on holding on to their superstar striker.
Griezmann played a pivotal role at the Spanish club for the last few seasons and already has 20 goals to his name this term.
Manchester United boss Mourinho is now desperate to bolster his attack and is looking forward to rope in Griezmann for a world record fee in the summer transfer window.
Griezmann has earlier revealed that Manchester United legend David Beckham, who wore the No.7 shirt, has been his idol.
Foottheball sources claim that Manchester United are ready to meet Griezmann’s £86million release clause but earlier Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo had accentuatd that the French player will stay put at the Spanish club.
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone is not shocked to see their star player Antoine Griezmann linked with a move to Premier League giants Manchester United.
Earlier last month, the Argentine manager had insisted that he will not tie down the French striker if he decides to leave Atletico Madrid and join Man Utd under Jose Mourinho.
Wayne Rooney is now on the brink to make his way out of Man Utd and it is believed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be available for one more season. At such a juncture the Red Devils are now keen on landing Griezmann in the summer as they look to secure their long-term future with a marquee striker.
Earlier, last year Griezmann had revealed that he wanted to play alongside Manchester United’s world record signing and his international teammate Paul Pogba.
And now it is only a matter of time that his wish comes true, but it will be interesting to find out whether he decides to stay put at Spanish club or makes a switch to Old Trafford.
Mourinho has now identified several summer transfer targets and Griezmann tops his wish-list. And sources now claim that a move to Old Trafford is on the brink of completion.
It is believed that Atletico Madrid have set an asking price of £86million on Griezmann but it is understood that Man Utd would be more than ready to break the bank for the Spanish striker, as they are desperate to clinch the Premier League next season.
And the Atletico Madrid hierarchy is now aware of the fact that they cannot stop their superstar from leaving if any club meets his release clause of £80million.
Griezmann has not revealed his plans for the future, but sources close to the player are confident that a move to Manchester United is now up on the cards.
Everton contract rebel Romelu Lukaku is another player, who has been linked with a move to Man Utd in the summer, but while the Red Devils bosses are monitoring the Belgian’s situation, they are yet confirm their interest.
Man City boss Pep Guardiola is also fond of Griezmann but it is believed that Man Utd are in pole position to rope in the most sought-after player in Europe.