Chelsea To Go Head To Head With United Over £88m-Rated Star

Football Soccer - Spanish Liga Santander - Atletico Madrid v Sporting - Vicente Calderon stadium, Madrid, Spain 17/09/16 Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann celebrates his second goal. REUTERS/Sergio Perez - RTSO5Y0

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Chelsea are prepared to battle Manchester United for the signature of Antoine Griezmann.

Griezmann has been regularly linked with a move to Old Trafford for the past few seasons, and even more so after the close of the summer transfer window this year.

The Red Devils have started the season in a rather streakish manner, going on a four-game winning run, before losing three times, and then winning three times again, before they drew 1-1 with Stoke City at Old Trafford.

With Wayne Rooney looking out of sorts and Anthony Martial’s turbulent private life seemingly affecting his performances on the pitch, United have relied heavily on Zlatan Ibrahimovic as their source of goals this season.

Despite Marcus Rashford chipping in with a few himself, and the odd goal here and there from Juan Mata and Ander Herrera, the club seem to lack a potent finisher up front without the 34-year-old Swede. As a result, the club have looked to Griezmann as a long-term solution, and the striker would fit well into Jose Mourinho’s plans.

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However, Chelsea have now reportedly joined the race for Griezmann as well. The Blues, like United, have made a moderate start to the season, and are looking to be more lethal going forward.

While Diego Costa has rediscovered the form that made him one of the hottest strikers in world football and helped the club to the Premier League title in 2014, Chelsea are looking for someone who could partner him up front, or offer him stiff competition for a place in the side, if Antonio Conte is to stick to the club’s usual formula of playing with one main striker up front.

According to reports in the Independant, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is prepared to back Conte with a £150 million budget in the upcoming transfer windows, and it would require approximately £88 million to sign the Atletico Madrid striker.

United themselves are desperate to get back to their trophy winning ways, and are prepared to go all out to get the targets set by Jose Mourinho, as displayed in the arrival of Paul Pogba from Juventus this summer for a world-record fee.


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