Arsenal have submitted a €24m offer to Real Sociedad for the Spanish club’s classy France international Antoine Griezmann. The 23-year-old, who scored 16 La Liga goals this season, is widely considered one of the best players in Spain’s top domestic league outside of Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport claim Arsenal are leading the race to sign the classy attacking winger ahead of Italian champions Juventus, who accept there is no longer any realistic chance of signing Real Madrid wide-man Angel di Maria after the Argentina international’s superb performance in Saturday’s Champions League final win over Atletico Madrid.
It’s also reported that Paris Saint-Germain are interested in signing Griezmann, although the Ligue 1 title holders appear rather more pre-occupied with Chelsea and, in particular, Belgium international Eden Hazard.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will have up to £100m to spend in this summer’s transfer window and is keen to sign another striker to ease the pressure on the club’s main centre-forward Olivier Giroud. But while Griezmann is not a striker by trade, he has proven himself to be a reliable goalscorer over the last couple of seasons with La Real.
In 49 games for the club this season, Griezmann scored 20 goals, hence why some of Europe’s biggest clubs are hoping to lure the Frenchman away from Anoeta this summer.