Antoine Griezmann keeps getting better and better.
The 25-year-old scored 20 goals in 50 appearances for Real Sociedad during the 2013-14 campaign before securing a big-money move to Atletico Madrid where he netted 25 goals in 53 matches in his debut season at the Vicente Calderon.
Griezmann bettered that tally by seven goals last season before helping France reach the Euro 2016 final, picking up the Golden Boot and Best Player awards in the process.
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In three matches of the 2016-17 campaign, the versatile forward has already scored four goals and currently leads the race for the Pichichi alongside Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Ruben Castro.
He was also nominated as one of the three candidates for UEFA’s Best Player in Europe award while Diego Simeone believes the Frenchman deserves the Ballon d’Or in January.
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Chelsea are prepared to trigger the release clause
Griezmann is now arguably one of the top five players in world football and, as a result, it’s no surprise that Premier League clubs are circling like vultures.
The 5ft 9in star has been linked with a host of English clubs over the past couple of years but, according to the London Evening Standard, one of them is now prepared to trigger his £85 million release clause.
Although Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City are interested, it’s Chelsea who appear to be the most eager to bring Griezmann to the Premier League.
Griezmann also fancies a move to England
Moreover, the Evening Standard understand that Griezmann is keen on a move to England either next summer or in 2018 - the year Simeone is now expected to leave Atleti after shortening his contract.
Griezmann’s own contract runs until 2021 but his recent decision to change his agent - the Frenchman is now represented by his father, Alain, and the man who helped launch his career, Eric Olhats - has raised eyebrows in the Spanish capital.
Chelsea won't sign Griezmann without CL football
Whether Griezmann agrees to join Chelsea, however, could depend on the club re-establishing their status as a Champions League club.
According to the Evening Standard’s report, the Liga star wants to continue playing in Europe’s premier club competition, especially after going agonisingly close to lifting the trophy last season.
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