Chelsea to move for Atletico’s Griezmann – Chelsea intend to strengthen their squad for next season and are poised to make a summer move for the Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, according to a report in The Guardian. The France international has enjoyed a prolific season in Spain and is reportedly one of a number of potential recruits whose progress has been tracked closely.
The paper reports that Jose Mourinho is to add three or four senior players to his Premier League champions in anticipation of losing Petr Cech, Filipe Luís and Didier Drogba, and Griezmann is the leading target. Paper Round’s view: Griezmann, who effectively replaced Diego Costa at Vicente Calderon, has scored 25 goals for Atletico since his £23m arrival from Real Sociedad and would surely represent a fine player to bolster Chelsea’s attacking ranks. He signed a six-year contract at the club last July so would not come cheap for Mourinho’s side, but he could be just the player that they need to back up Costa and provide another high-quality attacking option. At just 24-years-old, the value could be there for Chelsea as they move for yet another Atletico player.