Antoine Griezmann was the star on Thursday night as his brace fired France to the final of Euro 2016.
The Atletico Madrid man netted his fifth and sixth goals of the tournament as Les Bleus overcame Germany.
Although Griezmann signed a new contract at the Vicente Calderon last month, his marvellous showing in France will have caught the attention of Europe’s elite clubs.
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They may even consider paying the 25-year-old’s €100 million release clause.
It’s hard to suggest that Griezmann isn’t worth that much when you consider Manchester United and Real Madrid are lining up similar-priced moves for Paul Pogba.
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Griezmann scored 25 goals for Madrid last season and has further cemented his status as one of the world’s best players at Euro 2016.
It’s no surprise, then, that Piers Morgan is desperate for Arsenal to sign him.
Break the bank
Morgan, one of Arsenal’s most vocal celebrity fans, has called on the Gunners to “break the bank” to bring the forward to the Emirates Stadium.
That would mean uniting Griezmann with his France strike partner, Olivier Giroud. The Arsenal forward has looked assured with the Atleti man beside him and the opportunity to replicate that partnership in north London appeals to Morgan.
“Arsenal should break the bank for Griezmann,” Morgan wrote on Twitter. “Might even make me grow to love Giroud given how well they play together.”
One fan hit back at the TV host, claiming the Gunners would need £85m to sign him.
That’s the same fee Real Madrid paid Tottenham Hotspur to make Gareth Bale the world’s most expensive player in 2013.
And Morgan thinks it would represent money well spent.
“He’s worth £85m,” was the retort.
Morgan knows all too well that Arsenal signing Griezmann is just wishful thinking. Given Arsene Wenger’s reluctance to spend big, it’s unlikely he’s about to double Arsenal’s record transfer fee in one swoop.
Still, Arsenal fans can expect Wenger to bring in another forward this summer.
The Mirror claim he is interested in Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette, who wants to move to the Emirates, but Wenger fears a bidding war could break out.
Henry: Giroud needs a partner
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has seen enough from Euro 2016 to realise that Giroud needs a striker partner.
"I've said it many times - Giroud is very good at what he does," Henry told Sky Sports. "He's a very good player but he needs to play with someone.
"Giroud, with his back to goal, is very good; you saw the goal against Ireland when Giroud flicked on and Griezmann scored. He can't turn and outpace anyone, Giroud, but in Griezmann he has a guy he can feed. It's a great partnership. They share the workload of scoring goals.
"I never doubted what he can do but I think he's better with someone alongside him."
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