Antoine Griezmann received several direct offers from Premier League clubs following his impressive exploits at the European Championships in France.
The Atletico Madrid striker finished the international tournament with six goals, more than double what any other player achieved and only ever bettered by one man, Michel Platini, in the tournament's history.
Needless to say, Griezmann is now considered one of the foremost strikers in the world and, therefore, a target for some of the richest clubs within it. No clubs are currently richer than those in the Premier League with Manchester United set to break the world record by signing Paul Pogba for £100m.
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So it comes as no surprise to hear that Griezmann was offered the chance to move to England shortly after he guided Atletico Madrid to a second Champions League final in three seasons and France to a major international final. They lost both but his reputation was enhanced nonetheless.
His agent revealed there were "several" offers from England as well as direct contact from Paris Saint-Germain. Griezmann remained untempted by any alternatives and agreed a one-year extension with Atletico Madrid instead.
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"Teams from abroad did, however, call on him during the close season. In England, there were several direct expressions of interest, but a lot of clubs are under reconstruction.
"There were also meetings with Paris Saint-Germain. The project was very attractive, but he's just become a father, he feels good in Spain and Atletico is, I repeat, a great club that gives him everything he expects and which is managed by a great coach."
Who was interested?
There was, unfortunately, no clues offered as to which clubs made an offer for Griezmann but you can bet your last pound that Manchester United were involved. Reports of interest from Old Trafford was reported in July and they would be one of few clubs capable of meeting his £85m release clause.
Chelsea have also been long-term admirers of the former Real Sociedad star and had previously shown a willingness to meet his old release clause, which stood at £63m. Antonio Conte has already signed one striker in Michy Batshuayi and is after another. He would have clearly loved to have had Griezmann.
Arsenal fans would like to think their club was involved with Arsene Wenger clearly after an established striker as well. However, the Gunners are still behind their rivals when it comes to financial power in the transfer market.
Manchester City are the last club capable of paying such a huge fee but Pep Guardiola has shown little interest in adding strikers to his line-up thus far.
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