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Antoine Griezmann release clause could prove too much, says Arrasate

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Real Socieded manager Jagoba Arrasate is confident coveted forward Antoine Griezmann will stay with the club beyond the summer transfer window. Griezmann has been linked with numerous clubs - with Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United among them.

Arrasate is bullish with regards to the future of Real Sociedad’s most prized asset given the €30 million release clause written into Griezmann’s contract, although this would not prove to be out of reach for numerous prominent clubs armed with sizeable transfer chests.

Griezmann scored 16 goals in La Liga last season, most of which came from a left-sided attacking position, and the 23-year-old’s exploits were enough to earn him a place in Didier Deschamps’ France squad for the World Cup. And, says Arrasate, Griezmann is completely focused on the job in hand with his country, rather than thinking about a proposed sum me transfer deal.

"Now [Griezmann] is focused only on the World Cup, but he will understand [that he is set to stay]. He is a player who is under contract with us, so we will have to join our discipline,” Arrasate told AS.

“It is not easy to pay €30 million for a player, and that makes us relatively calm.”

In the Premier League there are three clubs credited with interest in Griezmann - Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United. All three are expected to reinforce their attacking options in the transfer window.

Liverpool have already done so with the acquisition of Rickie Lambert from Southampton, and the England forward’s move to Anfield was confirmed on Monday morning. It may be that Brendan Rodgers’ looks to recruit at least one more goal threat following the club’s return to the Champions League.

Arsenal, meanwhile, have been pursuing forward players for the last two windows at least, and Griezmann appears to be very much an Arsene Wenger type player. It remains to be seen if the Arsenal boss chooses to move for the Frenchman.

At Manchester United, Louis van Gaal is set to overhaul his wide options, with Antonio Valencia, Nani and Ashley Young three players likely to battling for their Old Trafford futures. Griezmann works predominantly on the left flank, although his defensive capabilities have yet to be really tested.

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