Chelsea to trigger £85m release clause: Blues ready to club-record transfer move in January transfer window
Chelsea are ready to launch a release clause triggering £85m bid for Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann with the Blues set to make the offer in the January transfer window.
Though January transfer moves are not usually reserved for such massive offers the Stamford Bridge outfit feel the timing of the bid may prove a real opportunity to snap up the French international.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is known to be courting the Euro 2016 top-scorer and his hopes of tempting the former Real Sociedad man into making the move to West London may be aided by the fact that Atletico Madrid are struggling to make an impact in La Liga this term.
Diego Simeone’s side have been well placed in recent seasons, giving Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona real run for their money and the Vicente Calderon side even picked up a domestic title back in 2013/14, however Atletico Madrid find themselves back in 5th place some nine points off the leaders.
Griezmann has proven a big hit since moving to the Spanish capital back in the summer of 2014, scoring 65 goals in 121 appearances in all competitions, and Chelsea are ready to offer the marksman a massive increase on his current salary and will hope to beat Premier League rivals Man United in their bid to capture the 25-year-old.
Chelsea have been very reliant on Diego Costa in the final third and Conte may feel Griezmann would fit perfectly in his attacking third and if the Premier League side are still up with the title challengers when the transfer window reopens then their chances of landing the player will be greatly improved.
Though their La Liga form hasn’t been spectacular, Atletico Madrid have started their Champions League campaign with a bang by winning all their four group stages thus far, and that could prove a potential stumbling block to a January transfer.
Chelsea know that Man United will push hard to bring in Griezmann and as such are trying to pull out all the stops to beat the Old Trafford side to the punch.
Owner Roman Abramovich is ready to back Conte in the transfer market and will dig deep into his coffers if he feels Chelsea are moving in the right direction under the former Juventus manager.