Manchester United & Chelsea face battle to sign £22m star

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Manchester United and Chelsea appear to face a significant battle to sign Antoine Griezmann, with reports from talkSPORT suggesting that Paris-Saint Germain believe they have moved into pole position to sign the player.

The aforementioned source claims that informal talks have already been held between the two parties and that the Real Sociedad playmaker is understood to have a preference for a move to the Parc des Princes.

22-year-old Griezmann, a France youth international, has firmly established himself as one of European football's most exciting midfield prospects since breaking into Sociedad's first-team setup.

He has made 23 appearances in La Liga so far this season, underlining his seemingly limitless potential with 15 goals and three assists in that time.

Such form has inevitably seen him mentioned in various pieces of transfer gossip, with both Manchester United and Chelsea - as well as Premier League rivals Manchester City reportedly targeting Griezmann.

Manchester United, who face Greek champions Olympiacos in the first-leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Tuesday evening, have endured a testing 2013/14 campaign to date with David Moyes evidently struggling to fill the sizable shoes of one Sir Alex Ferguson.

After struggling badly in last summer's transfer market, Moyes was able to entice Chelsea star Juan Mata to Old Trafford in January and it is expected that Manchester United will be seeking to invest in improving their squad once again at the end of the season.

Chelsea, meanwhile, currently top the Premier League, with Jose Mourinho adapting seamlessly since his return to Stamford Bridge.

While the self-proclaimed 'Special One' has an abundance of impressive attacking talent at his disposal, Chelsea have consistently strengthened their squad in recent seasons and would surely be open to adding a player of Griezmann's quality.

However, it appears that both of those aforementioned sides face a significant battle to land the £22 million-rated player and could miss out to PSG who appear to have already made the first move.

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