PSG must beat Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal in the race to sign the Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann, writes Sam May.
The French champions should look to add the Les Bleus international and make him their new superstar, after they failed to land Barcelona’s Neymar last summer.
Having signed a new contract at Athletico until 2021, Griezmann, 25 however, has a release clause of €100 million. There is no doubt the 2016 UEFA European Championship player of the tournament and top scorer, would be the perfect fit at the Parc Des Princes, and they can afford him.
Griezmann is one of the best players in the world at this moment. He is up there with Barcelona pair Lionel Messi and Neymar, as well as Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. PSG need a superstar of their own.
Unai Emery will be hopeful of luring the former Real Sociedad star, when the transfer window opens next month. There is a lack of investment of domestic players in the PSG set-up since the arrival of Qatar Sports Investments (QSI). They want global appeal and Griezmann would attract fans on a global scale, not just in the domestic French market.
Born in Mâcon, he could potentially be a future Ballon d’Or winner and is expected to be a major star on domestic and international level for the next 10 years. PSG’s would have the chance to put their massive financial muscle towards acquiring a player who cant only deliver on the pitch now but could also bring great commercial success off it as well.
He would provide 20+ goals per season, and help the inconsistent Edinson Cavani improve his game in front of goal. With Angel Di Maria and Lucas Moura failing to reach their full potential, Griezmann could be the answer. PSG will have to move swiftly as the other European big guns circle.
France’s recent announcement that only French nationals will represent the country going forward could be rubber stamped with him moving to the star team in the French capital.