Chelsea have reportedly entered the race to sign Atletico Madrid and France forward Antoine Griezmann, with The Express claiming that the Premier League club plan to make a world-record bid for him next summer.

The diminutive former Real Sociedad attacker has been a revelation since moving to the Spanish capital and bolstered his reputation further with stunning performances for his country at Euro 2016.

Manchester United have been linked with a big-money move for Griezmann next summer, with reports stipulating that Jose Mourinho has already identified the star as the major signing he wants to bring to the Premier League in 2017.

The skilful forward continued to shine for Atletico yesterday, scoring two goals as Diego Simeone’s men beat Celta Vigo 4-0 in La Liga.

The latest report suggests that Antonio Conte has asked Roman Abramovich and the Blues hierarchy to sanction a world-record bid for the attacker next summer.

Griezmann signed a new contract with Atletico earlier this summer to end speculation over his future but left the door ajar by stating that he would considering leaving if Simeone departed the Spanish club.

United set a new world transfer record by signing Paul Pogba from Juventus earlier this summer, with Premier League rivals Chelsea seemingly needing to eclipse this fee if they are to land Griezmann.


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