By Jack Malone

Chelsea and Manchester United are both said to be monitoring Antoine Griezmann and are prepared to trigger the Atletico Madrid man’s £85 million release clause next summer, a report in The Mirror claims.

The forward may be set to quit his current club at the end of the season and the two Premier League sides will be at the front of the queue should he become available.

Much of Griezmann’s future seems to depend on that of his manager Diego Simeone, who is rumoured to be leaving Los Colchoneros at the close of this campaign; if the Argentine does decide to move on, then his star player is expected to follow suit.

The 25-year-old has been in sensational form so far this season, notching eight goals and contributing a further five assists in just 13 matches.

Atletico currently sit third in La Liga, just three points off leaders and local rivals Real Madrid.

Their Champions League form has been exemplary; they are top of Group D ahead of Bayern Munich and after four matches of the group stage they are the only side in the competition to have picked up maximum points.

Griezmann was on fire in Tuesday’s 2-1 win over FC Rostov, netting an outrageous volley on the turn to open the scoring and then keeping his composure to prod home the winner in the 93rd minute.

If the fleet-footed Frenchman does decide to seek new pastures next year, then he certainly will have no shortage of takers.

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