Antoine Griezmann interested in Chelsea switch

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Chelsea could head back to Madrid this summer and attempt to sign Atletico forward Antoine Griezmann, according to the Telegraph.

The report claims that the versatile star, who only joined Diego Simeone's side from Real Sociedad last summer, is open to a move to Stamford Bridge and is keen to find out the extent of the Blues' interest. 

The 24-year-old was brought in after now Chelsea man Diego Costa left the club before the start of last season and has enjoyed a fine debut campaign with the club. 

In fact, he's found the back of the net on 22 occasions in La Liga this term, but now appears to be interested in a move to west London.

Buy-out clause 

And a deal may well be possible, too, with the same report going on to reveal that Chelsea could force through a summer transfer with the player having a £43 million buy-out clause in his current deal with the club. 

It appears, then, that if Chelsea offer that huge sum in the upcoming window, then the La Liga outfit will have no choice but to allow the player to speak with the Blues. 

Unsurprisingly the Telegraph go on to reveal that Atletico are trying to renegotiate Griezmann’s current contract, but Chelsea may well get their man if they act sooner rather than later. 

Along with Diego Costa, the Blues chief has the duo of Didier Drogba and Loic Remy at his disposal, but it appears that he's ready to add to his squad in the attacking department ahead of the 2015/16 campaign. 

In truth, it's not entirely surprising that the Blues are looking at Griezmann. Ultimately, much like Costa, the player would arrive at Stamford Bridge with a proven track record and would only offer them a different option when going forward. 

The right man 

And, after Costa's injury struggles in the second half of the campaign, Mourinho may well be thinking that he needs another top-class forward player to compete for places in his attacking quartet.

Remy, when handed an opportunity, has done ok for the Blues, while an ageing Drogba has done a job at times this season, but Mourinho will be well aware that he needs even more if his side are going to crack Europe's elite competition. 

Perhaps, then, Griezmann, who is extremely versatile and would more often than not play off the main centre-forward, is that man as he'd also happily slot into Costa's role when called upon. 

Chelsea fans: Do you want Griezmann at Stamford Bridge? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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