Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann remains one of the key transfer targets for top European clubs. Club president Enrique Cerezo has come out in the open to address the claims of the player leaving Vicente Calderon next summer.
“I don’t believe there is any possibility of Griezmann going to Madrid, or to any other team. There is a fantastic relationship with Real Madrid, a respect as people and as neighbors.” Cerezo said to Spanish radio station Onda Cero.
Griezmann is being heavily linked with Premier League giant Manchester United. This was after the player himself admitted of willing to play alongside international teammate Paul Pogba, as reported by Goal.com.
Real Madrid are also reportedly willing to offer a lucrative deal to the former Real Sociedad player. They see the man from Macon, France as a natural successor to Cristiano Ronaldo.
Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid manager reportedly has a soft spot for Griezmann. The Frenchman has also declared his admiration for the 25-year-old time and again.
There is a reason for Real Madrid’s admiration for the player. Griezmann has been equally influential for his national team in the past year like Ronaldo. The player has contributed a total of 14 goals and assists for France in 2016, according to Opta.
5 – Top Goals + Assists for France in 2016 :
Griezmann – 14
Payet – 12
Giroud – 10
Pogba – 6
Matuidi – 4
— OptaJean (@OptaJean) November 16, 2016
Antoine Griezmann Transfer News: How much is the Atletico Madrid forward worth?
Atletico Madrid values Griezmann highly. Even if a club comes forward to match Griezmann’s valuation, it is highly likely that the Spanish club will sell the player to a buyer based outside La Liga.
Transfermarkt.com values the Atletico Madrid forward at $85 million . But, there is a possibility of a bidding war between clubs once the summer transfer window kicks in. Hence, the value of the player might go up and could surpass the world transfer fee record of Paul Pogba’s transfer to Manchester United, this summer.
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