According to reports in the Spanish newspaper AS, Atlético have reached a deal with Real Sociedad to sign their 23-year-old starlet Antoine Griezmann for €30 million.
The Atletico official website has confirmed the deal – and all the player now needs to do is pass a medical in order to join up with his new team mates.
Atleti were negotiating for the player with the President of Real Sociedad, Joquin Aperribay. The club has informed Griezmann of their decision, and it is now for Atleti to discuss personal terms with the player to secure his services in red and white for the upcoming season.
A natural left-winger, Griezmann is known for his excellent ball control and willingness to run at defenders.
The young Frenchman has featured at international level for his country, and has racked up almost 200 appearances for La Real since making his competitive debut in 2009, scoring 49 goals in all competitions.
Regarded as one of the finest young prospects currently playing in Spain, he is exactly the sort of player that Atleti are searching for, after the departure of David Villa to the MLS. Mandzukic has replaced Diego Costa, but Atleti are still lacking someone to excel in the support role.
“He is a very good player,” said Simeone when pressed about the possibility of signing Griezmann. “He has a lot of speed and can give us many attacking options. But the same could be said of the other players who could come here – enough to fill two teams.”
According to AS, Atleti have agreed to pay €30 million for Griezmann, the amount specified in his contract. Real have accepted the offer, and Atleti won’t have to pay VAT and additional taxes on top, unlike Real Madrid in their pursuit of Illarramendi.
Los rojiblancos aren’t the only club linked with Griezmann. He has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Tottenham the latest club rumoured to be interested.
Manchester United and Arsenal have also been credited with some interest in the player.
Atleti look to have won out though and, if they can agree personal terms with Griezmann, can fill the number 7 shirt vacated by El Guaje this summer.
Are you excited by the signing? What can Griezmann turn into under Simeone?