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Antoine Griezmann leaves agent amid Manchester United and Chelsea interest

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Antoine Griezmann was one of the most sought-after players on the planet throughout the summer transfer just gone.

The Atletico Madrid forward attracted serious interest from Chelsea and Manchester United – whom were both willing to pay huge money to lure him to the Premier League.

It is no surprise as to why Griezmann was in such high demand considering he scored 32 goals for the La Liga club while playing a significant role in their journey to the Champions League final.

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A series of sublime performances at Euro 2016 saw him finish top of the goalscoring charts with six strikes – twice the amount of his nearest rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

However, despite putting pen to paper on a new deal with Atletico in July, Griezmann has made a decision that will give his long queue of admirers fresh hope of snapping him up.

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The Mirror reports that the 25-year-old has taken his future into his own hands by parting ways with his agent Eric Olhats in order to represent himself.

While Griezmann’s current contract includes a €100 million release clause, a host of Premier League clubs are expected to table new offers for his services next summer.

The good news for his suitors is that any offers will be sent directly to the player himself after he decided not to continue his association with Spanish agency Grupo Santos.

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"From now I'm going to operate without an agent," he told French sports daily L’Equipe.

"But I will always have the advice of my father and also my mentor, Eric Olhats.”

Griezmann will almost certainly be required to call upon the wisdom of Olhats during the next close season transfer window with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and several others to come calling.

Atletico boss Diego Simeone is understandably eager to keep hold of his star forward – but the matter may well be out of his control following Griezmann’s choice to go it alone without an agent.

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