Chelsea and Spurs to miss out as Atletico move for Antoine Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann

Premier League clubs Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur may pay the price for not moving quicker for La Liga star as Atletico Madrid muscle in.

France and Real Sociedad star attacker Antoine Griezmann, a 25-year-old with a market valuation of £26.4 million, may end up staying in La Liga if latest reports are to be believed.

The forward, who scored 16 goals and returned three assists last season, has been a long-term target for Premier League clubs with Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur all linked in recent weeks.

However, Atletico Madrid may have the upper hand due to their status as champions of the division.

MARCA write that the Vicente Calderon side - weakened after Chelsea raided two of their top athletes in Diego Costa and Filipe Luis - are going to ready an aggressive bid "to add firepower to a squad already including Mario Mandzukic".

Sociedad, though, will not settle for anything less than a bid that matches the player's release clause - which is €30 million (approximately £24 million).

MARCA conclude that Sociedad will be powerless should offers start coming in for their main asset as the player is desperate to seek new challenges, however, as of yet, no Premier League side is to put their money where the speculation is.

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