Antoine Griezmann’s stock rose considerably on Tuesday night when his superb finish against Bayern Munich secured Atletico Madrid their second Champions League final in three seasons.
The French forward timed his run to perfection in the 54th minute to latch onto Fernando Torres’ through ball and confidently fire past Manuel Neuer, silencing the Allianz Arena.
Robert Lewandowski’s strike 20 minutes later gave the hosts hope of a late comeback yet they were unable to find their way past Atletico’s defence.
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The Spanish outfit were largely on the back foot throughout the contest yet it took one moment of magic from Griezmann to claim the all-important goal.
It was the 25-year-old’s 32nd strike during a season which has seen a number of Europe’s elite express an interest in signing him this summer.
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Manchester United and Chelsea are both reportedly interested and with Atletico aware of this, they’ve told the Premier League duo how much they will have to stump up if they want their French talisman - £79 million.
This is according to the Daily Mail, who claim the La Liga giants plan to ramp up their initial asking price of £63 million in the knowledge that such a valuation would unlikely put off his potential suitors.
Atletico want Griezmann to sign a new deal that would see him contracted at the Vicente Calderon until 2020 and his buy-out clause increased, yet talks have reportedly stalled.
The France international’s future is something for manager Diego Simeone to deal with in the summer, though, amidst the club’s pursuit of both Champions League and La Liga success.
Where European competition is concerned, Atletico will be keeping a close eye on the other semi-final tonight, in which rivals Real Madrid host Manchester City in the second leg.
Los Blancos - who were without Cristiano Ronaldo at the Etihad - were held to a draw by the Citizens in the first leg and will hope home advantage can pay dividends in their bid to claim an 11th European Cup title.
A second La Liga title in three seasons is also on offer for Atleti. Two games remain of the Spanish season with Barcelona top but only because of their superior head-to-head record.
Any slip up from Luis Enrique’s men would give Atletico the opportunity to leapfrog them at the top.
They face Levante away this Sunday and host Celta Vigo on the final day of the season - two fixtures they will be favourites to win amidst their run of six straight league wins, conceding just twice in the process.