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Antoine Griezmann set to make transfer to Atletico Madrid

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Atletico Madrid have reached an agreement with Real Sociedad for the transfer of Antoine Griezmann. He is expected to sign a long-term deal pending a medical, after the club confirmed the move on their official website.

A summer of change

After a season in which so much success was achieved, with Diego Simeone's charges surpassing all expectations in winning La Liga for the first time in 18 years and reaching the UEFA Champions League final, the summer has seen a number of star names depart the Vicente Calderon.

Simeone though has promised to rebuild and start again, with Atletico expected to challenge on all fronts next season. The Argentinian has already added Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic and identified Griezmann as a long term replacement for the departing David Villa. 

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One for the future

Although only 23 Griezmann has already made over 200 appearances for Sociedad since his competitive debut in 2009 against Rayo Vallecano in the Copa del Rey. 

He joined the Spanish side after being watched by the club's French scout whilst playing against PSG's youth team. A combative left sided winger, Griezmann played a pivotal role in helping Sociedad qualify for the 2013-14 seasons Champions League - the first time they had done so in ten years.

In early 2014 the Frenchman made his international debut in a friendly match against the Netherlands in a 2-0 victory for the French, coming on as a second half substitute. He was then called up by Didier Deschamps to represent France at the 2014 World Cup, a tournament in which Griezmann played a key role in helping the French progress to the knockout stages where they were defeated by eventual champions Germany.

Potential suitors 

Since the completion of the World Cup the Frenchman has been linked with numerous big money moves, most notably to home nation clubs PSG and AS Monaco. However it is Atletico who have won the race for the highly coveted winger, after they reportedly activated his €30million buy-out. With both clubs confirming the transfer, Griezmann could prove to be one of the future stars of world football.

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