Antoine Griezmann was the man of the moment the other day when Atletico advanced to the Champions league final at the expense of Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.
Undoubtedly, he is a very important player to the team and that is why it plans to increase his initial asking price to £79m. This is an important message to Chelsea and Manchester United who are interested in the Frenchman’s services.
With increasing interest from top European clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea, Griezmann is likely to leave the Rojiblancos this summer.
Contract negotiations with Atletico Madrid did not go the club’s way. Consequently, Atletico plans to increase the talisman’s asking price from £63m to £79m, so that it will not release him unless the price is met.
Antoine Griezmann is only 25 years old. He still has a lot of time to kick the ball and score. This season, he has scored more goals than the top scorers of Manchester United and Chelsea combined-32 goals in all competitions.
There are concerns about Premier League’s physicality that Griezmann is not used to and there is also the hefty price tag but Chelsea and United are adamant that the Frenchman is the addition they need to their squads.
Griezmann is a great admirer and friend of Diego Simeone, and it may be painful to leave. However, the pressure from the two English clubs who are chasing his signature may finally win.
He will be part of the French side that is expected to lift the Euro Cup in July this year.