Arsenal to bid for Antoine Griezmann

Sensational news in the media today is claiming that Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger is preparing to make a big statement of intent in the summer transfer window and will make a record breaking £85 million move for Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann.

Arsenal to bid for Antoine Griezmann

The Gunners were linked with the signing of Griezmann last summer but the former-Real Sociedad star chose to remain with Atlético Madrid. The forward has endured a difficult season by his standards so far with Atléti with reports claiming he is unsettled and will seek to leave the club in the summer.

Arsenal will however have competition from Manchester United, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City for the signature of Griezmann if reports are true. United in particular are said to be clear favorites for the signature of the player, but if it is true that Wenger is ready to move for Griezmann, he must have been given encouragement from somewhere to think he and Arsenal have a chance of signing the Euro 2016 Player of the Tournament. Wenger is certainly influential among players playing in the French league or for France but I doubt that will have any influence on who eventually ends up signing Griezmann.

The North London club’s reported interest in Griezmann is however interesting. Could it be that the Gunners now know Alexis Sánchez will not be signing a new contract and are making moves to replace him? The Chilean is entering the final 18 months of his current deal which means there is a chance Arsenal will either sell him this summer or lose him on a free transfer the following year. Knowing Arsenal, the Gunners are most likely to sanction a sale should Sánchez refuse to sign a new contract offer.

It would not be a surprise either if the club is merely playing on the fans’ intelligence by leaking out a supposed interest in Griezmann to the press. I simply can’t see Wenger paying £85 million for a single player.

Antoine Griezmann has season scored 21 goals and created 11 assists in 37 games in all competition for Atlético Madrid so far this season.

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