Chelsea was told to sign Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann in the first place when the transfer market opens in the summer by newly appointed manager Antoine Conte. The Blues are behind the French star in the summer itself, but nothing was materialised as Chelsea board di not want to make a lucrative offer. The Chelsea hierarchy was so confident that the existing Chelsea squad who won the English Premier League and Capital one cup a year back can defend the title. But the hopes were thrashed to ground as Chelsea are battling for a mid-table position. Also, the club has to sack Jose Mourinho, Chelsea’s all-time best manager.
Guus Hiddink is just filling up the job left by Jose Mourinho and Antoine Conte is confirmed as Chelsea’s new manager who will take the reigns at Stamford Bridge once the Euro 2016 is over. Conte is aiming European success for his national side but visited Chelsea’s training ground and had meetings with club staffs, coaches and players. According to sources close to Chelsea, Conte has made his plans clear about his summer transfer plans and owner Roman Abramovich has agreed to fulfill the Italian’s wish, but with one condition that his Chelsea should play attacking football next season.
Griezmann is an integral part of Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid who are in a tough race to win the La Liga title this season and are also aiming to win the Champions League. Griezmann leads Atletico’s attacking unit and proved what he is capable when he scored a brace to defending European Champions Barcelona at the Vincent de Calderon last week. Also, the player has a very good bonding with the Spanish side which will make the things pretty hard for Chelsea to lure the former Real Sociedad forward to England.
English Premier League is the best watched and it is arguably the toughest challenge a footballer can have in his career. A player like Antoine Griezmann who has lots to prove may very well prefer the EPL. Also, Chelsea are ready to offer a ‘very big’ contract to Griezmann if he accepts a deal.