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Griezmann open to £43m move to the bridge

Matt Law

Published 09/05/2015 | 02:30

Antoine Griezmann can play anywhere in a front three and has scored 22 goals in 34 La Liga games this season
Antoine Griezmann can play anywhere in a front three and has scored 22 goals in 34 La Liga games this season

Antoine Griezmann is open to a summer move to Chelsea and is keen to find out whether the Premier League champions will make a serious bid to sign him.

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Atletico Madrid want to renegotiate Griezmann's contract to increase the £43million buy-out clause inserted in his deal after he joined from Real Sociedad last summer.

Griezmann, though, is understood to be trying to find out what the extent of Chelsea's interest is before he makes any further decisions over his long-term furture.

Chelsea have tracked Griezmann for two years and are well aware of the clause in his contract that would force the Spanish club to let another player go to Stamford Bridge.

Griezmann can play anywhere in a front three and has scored 22 goals in 34 La Liga games this season.

Chelsea are looking at a range of forwards, including Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi and Barcelona's Pedro Rodriguez. With Didier Drogba possibly moving to Major League Soccer and Chelsea only replacing Andre Schurrle and Mohamed Salah with Juan Cuadrado in January, manager Jose Mourinho could be in the market for more than one forward.

Atletico coach Diego Simeone is adamant the club should not sell Griezmann after just one season, but the 24-year-old is clearly not discouraging Chelsea's interest.

Chelsea signed Diego Costa and Filipe Luis from Atletico last summer, while Thibaut Courtois returned from his loan spell in Spain.

That has not stopped Chelsea looking at Atletico again. Midfielder Koke is well liked by Chelsea, while Diego Godin is seen as a player who could strengthen their defence. Luis is expected to move back to the Vicente Calderon. (©Daily Telegraph, London)

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