By Harvey Byrne
Euro 2016 star striker Antoine Griezmann has been open to a move to Arsenal this summer, according to a reliable journalist.
Gazzetta Dello Sport journalist and transfer expert Emanuele Giulianelli revealed on his personal Twitter account that Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain were chasing the Atletico Madrid star, but he wasn’t keen on a move to either club.
However, Giulianelli claimed that Griezmann was open to a sensational switch to Emirates Stadium, although a move is now unlikely due to the cost of the deal.
These claims come after Giulianelli also reported on football website Tribal Football that Arsene Wenger is maintaining his interest in the Frenchman.
He reported that there has been extensive contact between Arsenal and Atletico this summer, and that the Arsenal manager will try one last time for Griezmann.
It is claimed that Arsenal are willing to break the club’s £38.2million Mesut Ozil transfer fee record for the Euro 2016 star, but Atletico do not want to sell their star man for anything less than his £84million buy-out clause.
The 25-year-old striker signed a new deal with the La Liga club this summer taking him up to 2021 after his brilliant form last season in which he scored 32 goals in 54 appearances in all competitions.
He helped Atletico reach the Champions League final and he also helped his country to reach this summer’s European Championships final with an impressive six goals in seven appearances.
It is claimed that the Gunners will go back for Alexandre Lacazette this week and Arsene Wenger is keen to bring a striker into the club after missing out on Gonzalo Higuain and Jamie Vardy already.
In other Arsenal transfer news, Valencia have rejected an opening bid of £15.2million from the Gunners for defender Shkodran Mustafi.