Transfers: Chelsea target Griezman, Grealish 'warned off' City
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Chelsea are an ‘option’ to sign Antoine Griezmann this summer. That’s according to Sport, who claim the Blues are very much in the mix to land the Barcelona star. So, with that the case, it’s time to look at a confirmed approach from the Stamford Bridge outfit for the France international.
Chelsea need a new striker.
And, as things stand, it’s possible they’ll bring Griezmann to the club.
Erling Haaland is Chelsea’s top transfer target, having seen the Borussia Dortmund star score 40 goals across all competitions last time out.
Yet with the Bundesliga giants in no mood to sell, especially after allowing Jadon Sancho to join Manchester United, that pursuit could be in vain.
Chelsea are also keen on Romelu Lukaku, who feels he has unfinished business over in west London.
But, like with Dortmund and Haaland, Inter Milan won’t be taken to the negotiating table. In their eyes, he’s unsellable. Especially after firing them to Serie A title glory last season.
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Chelsea are also admirers of Harry Kane.
However, Daniel Levy seldom does business with Premier League rivals. Kane may want to leave, but Levy will make sure Stamford Bridge isn’t his next destination.
Now, Sport say Chelsea are very much in the picture to sign Griezmann. A swap deal with Atletico Madrid had been mooted but, in a new twist, that’s now off the table.
And it was confirmed by Griezmann’s advisor in 2017 that Chelsea had made an approach for the 30-year-old, who was strutting his stuff for Atletico at the time.
Eric Olhats said: “There are not 50,000 clubs that can put 100 million on the table, it’s quickly figured out.
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“That’s the price of the clause, they won’t give anything away cheaply. That limits the number of candidates right now.
“I had heard that Manchester United was done, was signed, but we don’t even know if they’ll play in the Champions League.
“That’s important, I must say. Manchester United have made an approach to inform themselves, just like all the others.
“They come to find out what our thinking is, what the player’s thinking is, if there are possibilities, how much, how? But it seems logical.
“Chelsea, Manchester City, Barcelona and even Real have knocked on the door to see where things are, everyone comes to see what is do-able, and what is not do-able, that’s normal. It’s a game of musical chairs.”
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In the end, Griezmann didn’t move that summer.
But the very fact Chelsea made a confirmed move for the striker suggests interest at Stamford Bridge must be taken seriously.
Players don’t just write themselves off transfer shortlists. Usually, even if they suffer a rough patch, they’re attractive propositions.
And with Chelsea facing heartache when it comes to Haaland, Lukaku and Kane, the Barcelona forward would certainly be a brilliant alternative.
Barcelona, for their part, are determined to get him off the wage bill.
So bad is the financial situation over in Catalonia they’re unable to register new players such as Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia and Memphis Depay.
And then there’s a new contract to sort for Lionel Messi, too.
Should Chelsea sign Griezmann, they could deploy him in a false 9 position.
And that would allow the likes of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz to stay up the pitch, where they can cause maximum damage.
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