Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly the frontrunners to secure the signature of the coveted Real Sociedad forward Antoine Griezmann. The France international has been linked with numerous clubs, with Arsenal and Manchester United leading the Premier League contingent.
Griezmann scored 20 goals in all competitions in the recently concluded club campaign playing predominantly in a left-sided attacking position, and his exploits in Spain have alerted a number of the continent’s elite clubs. And, according to the Daily Star, it is PSG heading the list of suitors.
The 23-year-old, who is on international duty with France at the World Cup, has a release clause of €30 million written into his Real Sociedad contract, and the club remain optimistic that this will deter potential buyers.
But even despite the pressures of FFP, PSG seem determined to spend in the transfer market, as demonstrated by their acquisition of David Luiz from Chelsea for over £40 million. Despite PSG’s financial power, though, neither Arsenal or Manchester United are begin ruled out of the running for Griezmann.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal could well overhaul his wide options following his arrival at Old Trafford later this summer, with the respective futures of Luis Nani and Ashley Young in doubt. Griezmann may provide a greater attacking threat than these two.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are known to be in the market for goalscoring reinforcements, although it may be that Arsene Wenger chooses to recruit some direct competition for Olivier Giroud, rather than another forward most comfortable out wide.