Given their increasingly similar position in the Premier League financial hierarchy, it will be more and more common for Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur to go head to head in the transfer market. However it is less likely that the pair will face off with Barcelona regularly, with Spanish giants able to offer more both on and off the pitch than both Spurs and Arsenal.
One player that the three clubs have all been linked with is Real Sociedad’s Antoine Griezmann, who has impressed playing across their attack this season.
The 22 year old predominantly plays in a left wing role, but can also operate behind a central striker. This season he has picked up seven goals in La Liga, with his clever wing play an important part of Sociedad’s impressive run that has seen them clim to fourth in La Liga.
Griezmann is an accomplished crosser of the ball, and his defensive contribution is important when playing either on the flanks or in the centre. At 22, he is still developing, but he clearly has the potential to be an excellent player in the future.
Barcelona could bring in Griezmann as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez, who has never really settled at the Camp Nou, whilst Spurs fans will be hoping Griezmann is being targeted to cover or play alongside Gareth Bale, rather than as a replacement for the talismanic Welshman.
Arsenal might fancy that the young French winger could bring out the best in Olivier Giroud, whose aerial ability has often been underused by their current wide men, who prefer to cut inside themselves rather than swing balls into the box.
After four good seasons in La Liga, Griezmann has more experience of top level football than many of his age could claim, and he might feel that this summer is the perfect time to move on.
Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal will find it very hard to bring him to London if Barcelona’s interest is serious, but Griezmann would be a fine addition for either club, and their rivalry in the transfer market this summer will be a major factor to which of them comes out on top on the pitch next season.
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