Chelsea are reportedly mulling over the possibility of launching a bid for Atletico Madrid and French midfielder, Antoine Griezmann—but this is subject to the club’s ability to sell Loic Remy.
The West London club is beefing up its attacking line-up against next season in bid to retain the league title it won last season; and sees the former Real Sociadad player as a possible option. The club is on the verge of announcing that a deal has been reached to bring former Monaco striker to London after agreeing a season-long loan with the French club.
Griezmann has a £43 million release clause, and Chelsea are believed to be interested in meeting that, provided they are able to raise some transfer fees from the sale of Loic Remy. Remy is said to be un-interested in playing the role of a benchwarmer to Radamel Falcao, and is weighing his option with a view to getting regular playing time elsewhere.
While Remy may not be short on suitors, it remains to be seen if any club will be willing to pay £15 million, which is Chelsea’s asking price for the former Marseille man.
Remy moved to Chelsea on the last day of the last summer transfer window after the Blues triggered his release clause, which was then pegged at £8 million. He is currently earning a weekly wage of £80,000; but may have to lower that if he goes to another club, which in this case could be West Ham and Crystal Palace—two clubs after his signature.