Antoine Griezmann is one of the best players in the world and as such, he’s eager to compete at the highest of levels, thus everybody could understand his desire to leave Cholo Simeone’s team following yet another disappointing performance in the UEFA Champions League.
Even though everybody’s expecting him to make a dream move to Barcelona after announcing he’s bound to leave Atletico Madrid in the summer, it looks like there’s another team that could enter his sweepstakes.
With the Blaugrana apparently leading the race to sign the Frenchman, Spanish outlet Sport reported Manchester City hopes to make a run at him and lure him out of Camp Nou.
Pep Guardiola has been a longtime admirer of Griezmann’s talents and with the team ready to move on from Leroy Sane, he might as well make a move to the Etihad instead.
Moreover, with several Atleti supporters feeling betrayed by Griezmann’s desire to leave and join one of their rivals, making a move out of Spain could be more than enough to rescue his legacy with the Colchoneros.
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Entering July 1, Griezmann’s release clause will drop from 200 million to 120, a sum the Citizens would be more than willing to offload in order to strengthen their ranks.
Like Griezmann, Guardiola has his eyes set on the UEFA Champions League after being knocked out of the competition yet again this season, and he knows he needs to make a huge investment in the summer in order to compete with teams of the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munchen, Juventus, Liverpool, and, obviously the aforementioned Barcelona.
The Catalans, on the other hand, know that Luis Suarez isn’t getting any younger and with Philippe Coutinho’s poor performances and Ousmane Dembele’s proneness to get hurt, the need for more firepower up front gets clearer by the day.