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Antoine Griezmann would fit right in at Chelsea FC

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This offseason will prove to be slightly different than the last five for Chelsea FC after winning the Premier League for the first time since 2010.

The difference will be that Jose Mourinho is most likely satisfied with his current squad, and even though there will be movement, there most likely won't be any major signings or departures.

As we've learned after last summer's transfer window, Mourinho and club owner, Roman Abramovich like to do their business early in order to focus on the pre-season. We've already seen an example of this as the Blues have reportedly signed Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan deal from Monaco with the option to buy at the end of the season.

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On the other end of the transfer front, we have seen Chelsea acting quickly in reportedly selling Petr Cech to Arsenal in a deal worth £10.9 million. With that, we should be expecting the west London club to finalize their summer deals before the start of pre-season.

With Mourinho most likely happy with the current group of players at the club, and only a few possible players on the way out such as John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses to name a couple, it's hard to see where he would want to add to his roster.

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However, as the old saying goes, there is always room for improvement, and one player who would undoubtedly have a positive affect on Chelsea's season next year is Antoine Griezmann.

The French forward is one of football's young, rising stars and the Chelsea boss is rumored to be interested in the possibility of signing him from Atletico Madrid. This would be a smart move as Griezmann would provide the Portuguese tactician with options in a number of areas on the pitch.

The first role the Frenchman could play is an immediate backup to injury-prone star striker, Diego Costa, as he has proven this year in Spain that he can play as the target forward despite his smaller frame. Griezmann would also provide a real sense of competition for players like Oscar and Willian.

Eden Hazard would be the only current starting attacker who wouldn't feel too threatened by the arrival of the French forward, whereas the two Brazilians who currently occupy the other two starting spots in the attacking midfield positions would feel the need to fight for their minutes.

This inter-squad competition would surely please Mourinho as it would also allow for more flexibility in the lineup from game to game - something he didn't have much of this past season.

The signing of Antoine Griezmann could allow Chelsea to improve without causing the movement of too many players at the club. It could potentially bring the end to Cuadrado's short-lived career in west London, or possibly Loic Remy's.

But in the grand scheme of things, the French forward would certainly improve the Blues' chances of becoming even better than they were last season.

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