Chelsea ready to smash transfer record in £90m forward bid: Blues to make real statement of intent with big-money coupPublished September 12, 2016
Chelsea are lining up a world-record bid for Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann according to the Daily Express.
The Stamford Bridge side will go above and beyond the 25-year-old’s £86m release clause so as to head off apparent interest from Manchester United.
Atletico Madrid have been hit with a transfer ban for the next two transfer windows, though it’s entirely likely that ban may be reduced or rescinded in favour of a financial penalty.
This source says that if that is indeed the case then Chelsea would look to offset part of the cost by offering former Vicente Calderon fan favourite Diego Costa as part of a player plus cash bid.
Antonio Conte is keen to bring in cultured forward Griezmann to lead his line and the French international may well be tempted by a move to the West London side, not least as this would result in a huge pay-rise.
Griezmann has proven a big hit in the Spanish capital since his move from Real Sociedad, the attacker having netted 59 goals in 109 appearances in all competitions.
There is also growing speculation that Diego Simeone will leave the La Liga side and this would further fuel talk of the potential exit of the club’s star turns.
Chelsea have started the season in solid enough fashion, winning three and drawing one of their opening four matches, with Diego Costa proving very effective up front.
However one can well see owner Roman Abramovich looking to issue a real statement of intent as Chelsea seek to put pressure on big-spending rivals from Manchester.