Chelsea are considering a move for Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann after it was revealed he has a release clause of £43million, reports The Mail.
The 24-year-old has had an excellent debut season at the Vicente Calderon, scoring 25 goals across all competitions.
Having paid £24m to sign him from Real Sociedad last season, Diego Simeone and Atletico Madrid officials obviously deemed £43m as enough to keep him out of the clutches of Europe's biggest clubs.
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But Chelsea's new £40m-a-year deal with Yokohama has left Jose Mourinho with money to burn and Griezmann's incredible goal return means the £43m represents value for money.
It is a similar situation to Diego Costa's transfer to Chelsea laster summer. The Brazilian-born striker was a bit-part player until Radamel Falcao left.
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He came alive the following season and the £32m release clause in his contract became a price worth paying for Mourinho.
Chelsea closed the deal before the summer transfer window had even opened and they may be willing to do the same again this summer.
Mourinho also signed Loic Remy and Didier Drogba last summer as he reshuffled his entire forward line, but both could leave the club before the start of next season.
Should that happen, Costa would need competition and Mourinho is an advocate of jamming his squad full of quality. The arrival of Griezmann would put Costa under serious pressure to perform.
The France international is also more dynamic than Costa. He can play out wide and provide back-up for Eden Hazard on the left-wing.
That is an attractive trait for any manager and Mourinho seems most keen to take advantage of Atletico's mistake.
But Chelsea will not be alone in their pursuit. Bayern Munich are also alert to the situation with Pep Guardiola seeing him as a perfect successor to Franck Ribery.
Bayern are one of few clubs who can compete with Chelsea on a financial level. They will also be able to offer a greater chance to win domestic and European silverware.
Griezmann would surely have to consider his options carefully. Competition at both Bayern Munich and Chelsea will be fierce while his place in the Atletico first-team is secure.
Having only signed last season, he should remain at Atletico for one more year and develop into an even better player under Simeone.
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