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According to Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli claims Arsenal are in talks with Atletico Madrid for £84m-rated attacker Antoine Griezmann in making the move to North London this summer.
Now, Griezmann has reportedly rejected the chance to move to England, according to Atletico star’s agent.
He revealed that the France international turned down interest from England in favour of extending his contract at Vicente Calderon earlier this year.
“Antoine extended his contract with pleasure,” Eric Olhats told France Football. “At no point was this club a back-up plan.
“Teams from abroad did however call on him during the close season. In England, there were several direct expressions of interest, but a lot of clubs are under reconstruction.
“There were also meetings with Paris Saint-Germain. The project was very attractive, but he’s just become a father, he feels good in Spain and Atletico is, I repeat, a great club that gives him everything he expects and which is managed by a great coach.”
Arsene Wenger has admitted he is in the market for a striker after being snubbed by Leicester City’s striker Jamie Vardy despite triggering his 20million pounds release clause and Gonzalo Higuain.
Arsenal have been linked with an array of star strikers this summer with the likes of Alexandre Lacazette but Giulianelli claims Wenger’s key target is Griezmann and Lacazette is being lined up as a backup option.
However, I doubt if a deal would pull through as Atletico Madrid would not do business for anything less than his €100m buyout clause (£84m).