Arsenal are one of the clubs that have been linked with the potential transfer of the Atletico Madrid and France international star Antoine Griezmann, but this week Arsenal fans heard the bad news from the horse’s mouth that the fantastic forward is perfectly happy with his current La Liga club and was planning to stay in Spain, as we reported here at Just Arsenal earlier.
This does not seem to have put off our Premier League rivals Manchester United, though, as the Daily Telegraph is reporting that Jose Mourinho is hoping to sign Griezmann in the summer transfer window. The paper claims that United believe that they have a good chance as well, because the current Atletico boss Diego Simeone may be heading to Italy’s Serie A to take over at his former club Inter Milan.
If that is true then I see no reason why Arsenal should not have high hopes of beating Mourinho to the punch. The paper reports that United will need to meet the release clause of £84 million and that is a lot but Arsenal can afford it and for such an effective player I think it represents value for money when you consider some of the crazy transfer fees paid in recent years.
And as long as the Gunners are willing to splash the cash the fact that Griezmann spoke very highly of Arsenal when explaining that Laurent Koscielny often tried to persuade him to come to north London makes me think that we would have a good chance of beating United to this huge transfer.
Do you think Arsenal fans could be celebrating the signing of Griezmann next summer?