Antoine Griezmann.

Chelsea ready to prioritise Antoine Griezmann transfer

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Just when Chelsea threatened to emerge from their season-long crisis, Bournemouth managed to drag them back in with a 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.

It was a further reminder that Jose Mourinho's men are nowhere near as dangerous as they were last season and those within Stamford Bridge believe much of that is due to Roman Abramovich's refusal to invest during the summer transfer window.

Mourinho wanted a new striker after losing Didier Drogba to the MLS but was only given the budget to bring in Radamel Falcao on a temporary basis. It was a significant risk, but one Chelsea were forced to take as they try to live within their financial means.


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But Abramovich understands the risks that come with missing out on Champions League football. After their latest defeat to the Cherries, they now face an epic task to qualify for next season's competition. Failure is likely to cost them at least £40m.

That is why Chelsea are ready to unleash the power that comes with being owned by a Russian oligarch, using the January window to invest heavily and strengthen their squad to shoot themselves up the table.

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Priority target

According to the Mirror, Mourinho's priority will be his forward line and Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann is the top target. The France international was bought by Diego Simeone to replace Diego Costa in 2014 and has become one of La Liga's most dangerous goal scorers.

He scored 22 goals in La Liga last season and has continued his fine form, scoring seven in 14 appearances thus far. As a result, he has caught the eye of Mourinho, who sees him as the perfect addition to a flagging attack.


Costa del Sulk

The reason for Mourinho's desire for Griezmann is because Costa has failed to impress so far this season. Not only has Costa's form been out of sorts – three goals in 13 Premier League appearances – but his attitude has been far from impressive.

He returned from pre-season overweight and his affinity for the London nightlife has only served to annoy the Special One further.

The arrival of Griezmann could inspire Costa to shape up as the diminutive forward would represent serious competition, but he could also see it as an excuse to force an exit from west London, especially if a swap deal with Atletico is deemed viable.


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