Antoine Griezmann has a release clause worth £85.5 million in his current Atletico Madrid contract.
The Frenchman has been constantly linked with a move to Arsenal, who have been desperately searching for a big name striker. But, much to the frustration of Arsenal fans, Wenger is known to be a reluctant spender, and the £85.5 million asking price for Griezmann is sure to put off the 66-year-old.
Griezmann has become one of the most sought after strikers in Europe over the last couple of seasons, with his deadly precision and eye for goal making one of the best forwards in world football at the moment.
Arsenal’s chase for a world-class striker saw them go after stars such as Benzema and Higuain, but the 25-year-old was known to be high on Wenger’s wish list. However, the France international signed a five-year contract with Atletico Madrid in June, which would see him remain at the club till 2021 – when he will be 30 years old.
Greizmann had a sensational season for Los Rojiblancos, scoring 22 goals and assisting 5 in 38 appearances in La Liga. He carried on his superb club form with him to France at Euro 2016. He dazzled at the tournament, scoring 6 goals in 7 appearances at the tournament, while also notching up 2 assists.
Manchester United were also reportedly interested in signing the forward, but they decided to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic instead.
Arsenal lack options up front, with their current crop of strikers badly underperforming. Olivier Giroud is just not good enough, Theo Walcott is a winger who Wenger insists on playing as a striker, and Danny Welbeck spends half the season on the treatment table.
Greizmann is a world-class striker and one of the hottest properties in Europe at the moment. Arsenal – and Wenger in particular – will have to break the bank and go against their policies if they want to sign him.