That Chelsea could do with another striker is one thing every Chelsea fan in the world over will angry on. Although Jose Mourinho has snapped up Ramadel Falcao on a season long loan deal from AS Monaco, the woeful performance of the Colombian at Manchester United and during pre-season for Chelsea coupled with the injury situation of both Diego Costa and Loic Remy means Chelsea fans are still calling on their manager to go into the market and bring in another striker.
One name that has constantly been linked to Chelsea is Atletico Madrid’s France international striker Antoine Griezmann. Just when the season ended, news reports in the English media claim Chelsea manager has earmarked the former Real Sociedad midfielder/attacker as the ideal striker signing for the Blues.
Griezmann who is naturally an attacking midfielder had a super season for both club and countrying scoring 27 goals and creating 5 assists in all competition. That Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is interested in him is an open secret. After all, it is said there is no smoke without fire.
However, if Chelsea want to sign Griezmann this summer, they will have to be ready to trigger his release clause which had increased even further. According to daily star, Griezmann’s previous release clause of £46.1 million has been upped although his contract still expires in 2020 which technically means he has agreed to take a pay upgrade for an increment of his release clause.
Is he worth £46.1m or more?
Question is, is Sterling worth £50 million? The sincere truth is that the market is massively inflated and if Chelsea truly want to sign the young French striker, they have no choice than to pay what it takes to get him. His goal scoring records speaks for it self. Playing for Real Sociedad in the 2013/2014 season, he scored 22 goals and created 3 assists from a midfield playing position.
Signing him will make a lot of sense for Chelsea especially if Oscar will be leaving the club. Griezmann offers much more than the Brazilian and his versatility means Chelsea will not only be signing a player who is capable of delivering the goodies in midfield but as well as play in attack as a second striker or all alone by himself.
At just 24 years of age, he still has his best years in him. Another plus is that what Chelsea will lose in big transfer fee, they stand to gain back in his wages as he is reportedly on just £60,000 a week which means Chelsea can afford to sign him when the curt rate is put into consideration.