Griezmann would only leave for 'very big' club: Possible destinations

Antoine Griezmann playing for Real Sociedad

Real Sociedad starlet Antoine Griezmann stated ambition to move to a ‘very big’ European club but which Premier League sides could be vying for him?

The 23-year-old attacker has enjoyed a superb season in Spain this term with Real Sociedad scoring 20 goals in all competitions for the La Liga outfit and a move could well be in store for the Frenchman.

Premier League clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have all been linked with Griezmann in recent weeks and months ahead of the transfer window this summer but the player insists he will only move if he is wanted by a ‘very big European’ club.

"They haven't told me anything so far. I am ambitious and if I left it would only be for a very big European club," he explained over his future.

"If PSG showed an interest I would talk with my officials and agents. PSG is a great club that is achieving something nice. I don't favour any team - but PSG is a destination that attracts a lot of players."

It’s no surprise the France youngster is clearly pondering a move back to his homeland to join the Ligue 1 champions but with the abundance of attacking talent Paris Saint-Germain have on their books at present the young forward may find he is required more elsewhere.

Manchester United are, this season aside, still the biggest club (and brand) in the Premier League and furthermore, the world and with their poor performance this season, could well offload a number of attacking players such as Nani, Ashley Young, Tom Cleverley, Shinji Kagawa and player coach Ryan Giggs will likely retire to a full-time coaching role leaving room for a talented, versatile and dangerous wide and forward option to join the likes of Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata, Robin van Persie, Danny Welbeck and Adnan Januzaj.

However, down south in the capital, Arsenal have relied predominantly on the services of fellow France international Olivier Giroud up front. With the inexperience of French youngster Yaya Sanogo and the likely departure of out-of-contract Nicklas Bendtner there is very much space in the squad for a player of Griezmann’s talents, especially given the departure last summer of Gervinho who has yet to be replaced.

Chelsea have a vast array of midfield and wide talent in Oscar, Eden Hazard, Willian, Lucas Piazon, and Andre Schurrle but the Blues have struggled to perform up front with lacklustre performances this term from Fernando Torres, Demba Ba, and Samuel Eto’o, any of whom could leave Stamford Bridge this summer.

Back in North London and Tottenham have had a season to forget under Andre Villas-Boas who was replaced by Tim Sherwood in December only to be sacked this week. Spurs could offload a number of recent purchases such as Erik Lamela, Nacer Chadli, and Roberto Soldado, as well as more seasoned players such as Aaron Lennon, Emmanuel Adebayor and Gylfi Sigurdsson this summer.

It will likely depend on the managers that come in to join Manchester United and Spurs this summer, which could impact not only the demand for Antoine Griezmann but also the timescale of any potential deal. I would expect Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho to bring in out-and-out strikers more than forwards so with Arsene Wenger looking likely to stay on at the Emirates, a move to Arsenal could be the most likely destination for the Real Sociedad star.

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