Chelsea are prepared to rival Liverpool for Real Sociedad contract rebel Antoine Griezmann, reports Metro.
The 23-year-old has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the last 12 months. Not only was he sensational for Real Sociedad during their La Liga campaign, but he also impressed for France at the World Cup.
He was already attracting interest before France started their campaign in Brazil, but after rejecting a contract extension with his current club, Griezmann has returned as one of Europe's most in-demand stars.
€30 million release clause
The likes of Monaco and Atletico Madrid have been linked with a move recently but only the former is thought to have the funds able to match Griezmann's €30 million release clause. One club capable of challenging the Ligue 1 outfit is Liverpool.
Brendan Rodgers is looking to reinvest after selling Luis Suarez to Barcelona for a reported fee of £75 million. Suarez was a key asset for the Anfield club last season, scoring 31 goals in the league, almost winning them the title in the process.
Liverpool were hoping to get Alexis Sanchez involved in the deal, but the Chilean instead chose to join Arsenal. Griezmann represents a less reputable, but a younger and cheaper option that Sanchez, but are they facing a fight to sign their second option as well?
Ironically, Arsenal were heavily linked with the France international before they sealed a deal for Sanchez.
Chelsea enter the fray
Having lost out on Sanchez, Liverpool will no doubt be keen to seal their alternative target in Griezmann. Meeting his release clause should not be a problem, but convincing him to reject Chelsea may prove to be.
Jose Mourinho is preparing to enter the race for the up and coming star. However, it is hard to see where the dynamic frontman will fit into the Stamford Bridge line up. Mourinho currently has the likes of Eden Hazard, Willian, Andre Schurrle and Mohamed Salah at his disposal.
Under those circumstances, Chelsea would either have to sell one of their current squad members or tell Griezmann he will not be guaranteed first team football. Meanwhile, Liverpool are crying out for a player in Griezmann's role, who is likely to be told he can walk into Liverpool's starting line up.
PSG & Monaco
Both PSG and Monaco could prove worthy foes to both Premier League outfits simply because they offer Griezmann the chance to play in his home country. Many French players are showing a willingness to return to Ligue 1 with either one of the financial juggernauts and the big wages likely to be on offer will stand as further temptation to Griezmann.