Reports have emerged that PSG have targeted Real Sociedad frontman Antoine Griezmann as they look to potentially replace the out-going Ezequiel Lavezzi.
Antoine Griezmann, a French U21 international, won a trial at Real Sociedad as a teenager after impressing during a French youth team match. He moved to the northern Spanish club in 2005, signing a youth team contract.
It wasn’t until 2009 that Griezmann made his club debut in the Copa Del Rey, traditionally playing as a left winger. Soon after the youngster helped Real Sociedad to promotion in 2010, and subsequently went on to sign a professional 5-year contract with a release clause of €30 million
Since helping the club back to the top flight, Real Sociedad have improved massively over the past few seasons and last season ended up in 4th place, qualifying for this season’s Champions League.
Griezmann has since converted to a more attacking player, playing out wide left and up top as a striker. This season he has been the star player, scoring 11 goals, assisting a further two and registering over 50 shots in just 14 La Liga starts. His form has done enough to attract attention, and Spanish paper AS have reported that French giants PSG want the striker and are willing to meet the €30 million release clause, however the transfer might not take place until the summer.
PSG have a range of top strikers on their books at this current time, including the likes of Ibrahimovic, Cavani, Menez, Ongenda and Levezzi. Adding Griezmann to that list will surely be the end for one of those, and it is the Argentine Ezequiel Lavezzi that has been linked with a move this January, with the Mirror reporting that Inter Milan, Tottenham and Arsenal have all shown an interest.
The Gunners are currently on the lookout for a striker following the injuries to both Giroud and Nicklas Bendtner, and Arsenal boss Wenger has shown a real interest in the PSG striker.
Should the current French leaders manage to have a deal set in place for Real Sociedad's Griezmann, it could then open the door for Lavezzi to clinch a big move to the Premier League or Serie A.
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