Reports: Chelsea Hoping To Beat Manchester United For Antoine Griezmann Signing

Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann controls the ball during training.

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Manchester United will have to battle it out with Chelsea this summer for the signature of Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, according to the Sun.

Because of his £86m release clause, anyone who matches the figure can talk to the French attacker, and Antonio Conte reportedly wants to use his bottomless pit of money to sign the La Liga hotshot. The France international has been in exceptional form in La Liga once again this term, proving his worth as one of Europe’s most feared attacking players.

Jose Mourinho and Manchester United have long had Griezmann as their top priority target, and strongly believe they are currently leading the race.

United’s interest is longstanding, and if they had any positive transfer business sense they should have been in contact with him for two seasons to start persuading him to make the move.

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However, the Old Trafford board can call on Pogba, Griezmann’s friend, to help attract him, but Chelsea are the only one of the two Premier League clubs who can right now guarantee Champions League football next season. With the 2018 World Cup fast approaching, that could be a decisive factor.

Griezmann seems to be a significant part of the former Juventus boss’ plans, and the Blues are said to have handed their manager a ‘blank cheque’ to improve on his current crop of players.

Reports yesterday suggested Manchester United were leading race for Griezmann, but it’s now claimed that Chelsea will match their rivals in any bidding war for such a world class talent in what will most likely be one of the biggest transfer sagas of the summer.


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