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Chelsea, Manchester United start queuing already for next summer’s most coveted transfer target

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Antoine Griezmann has been a main feature of each of the last several transfer windows, and despite repeatedly signing new contracts and declaring allegiance to Atletico Madrid and Diego Simeone, that’s set to continue next summer.

In fact, things might actually reach a boiling point, especially if Simeone leaves. He reportedly has that old standby excuse of “seeking a new challenge” armed and ready to use.

If he does, the Griezmann rumors will no doubt explode up to the stratosphere and descent upon us like nuclear fallout. Brace yourselves.

United are monitoring Griezmann’s situation at Atletico [but] will face strong competition for Griezmann, not least from Chelsea who are big admirers of the striker and could be prepared to break the bank to get him.

-source: Telegraph

Matt Law then reminds us of Chelsea’s apparent push for a new striker this summer, though the obvious angle here will be the potential return/swap for Diego Costa.

Recent reports make it seem fairly likely that Diego will call time on his stay in England and go back home to the friendlier confines of the Spanish media. If that were to happen, Chelsea would be in prime position to leverage that and all the goodwill built up with the likes of Courtois, Filipe Luis, and Fernando Torres into an attempt to acquire Antoine Griezmann.

One way or another, this will be a big story in about 9-10 months and Chelsea are likely to play a major role. Who will actually win is tough to predict however.