During the summer transfer, Chelsea – despite signing four players – failed to make the right signings and that has contributed partially to their below-par performances this season. Now they are ready to clean up their mess when the transfer window reopens in January – one of which is going all out to sign Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann.
Spanish source Fichajes chipped in with reports yesterday that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has insisted the club launch a mammoth bid to sign the sought-after Griezmann in the New Year.
Griezmann, a Manchester United target, was signed by Atleti from Real Sociedad in the summer of 2014, and the France international bagged 22 goals for Diego Simeone’s side in his maiden season at the Spanish capital. His ability to play as a centre-forward has also led to a wide range of interests from several European sides.
Reports claim Arsenal, Real Madrid and the two Manchester clubs are eyeing Griezmann – with the Mancunian Reds making him an alternative should they fail to land Neymar Jr. from Barcelona.
However, Fichajes has labelled Chelsea as the frontrunners for the signature of the former Real Sociedad forward, saying Mourinho has urged Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to sanction a big-money move for Griezmann as the Frenchman would command a huge fee before the Rojiblancos would allow him leave the Vicente Calderon. As per reports, Griezmann has a £56.5m release clause in his current deal at Atleti.
Chelsea could do with the brilliance of Griezmann, considering their playmakers in Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and even new recruit Pedro are struggling for form at the moment, and the Frenchman could be the one to revitalise Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea.