Since arriving at Atlético Madrid from Real Sociedad in 2014, Antoine Griezmann has established himself as one of the best players in the world. But despite constant heavy interest from top European sides, the 26-year-old has remained at the Vicente Calderón, and has used the transfer rumors as leverage to earn himself new and improved contracts each and every season.
How long can he keep this going? Not very long, if the ever-increasing mass of rumors are to be believed — teams such as Manchester United and Chelsea are supposedly even willing to meet Griezmann’s €100m release clause!
While Griezmann has maintained all along that he wants to stay at Atlético and that he’s bored and tired and frustrated by the constant chatter, none of that has stopped the flood of rumors, or, for that matter, the actual inquires from Europe’s moneyed elites. Here’s Griezmann’s agent/advisor — it’s not your usual agent-client relationship — confirming interest from five of the biggest (but not PSG, at least not at the moment).
"Nothing concrete, but Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Barcelona and even Real [Madrid] have inquired [...] Everybody comes to know what is feasible or not doable, it's normal, it's the game of musical chairs.”
-Eric Olhats; source: RMC via Google Translate
Inquiries don’t mean much beyond the fact that these teams might be interested, which, given that Griezmann is indeed one of the best in the world, is the least that one would expect in this situation. All but Real Madrid, remain possibilities — there is a "pact of non-aggression" apparently between the in-city rivals — but Olhats also says that Griezmann “feels perfectly” in Madrid.
Griezmann would undoubtedly be a great addition to Chelsea, just as he would be to any and all teams. But at this point, this is hardly anything more than a remote possibility, at best.