Antoine Griezmann gives Manchester United's Chris Smalling a hard time.
Real Sociedad's Antoine Griezmann has refused to rule out a summer transfer away from the club, inviting speculation he could move to the Premier League.
A report by Colin Harvey in the Daily Star links Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United to the player, and quotes Griezmann saying:
I am happy at Real Sociedad, I'm very relaxed about the situation. I want to finish the year here, and then we'll see.
The team is working well and it's important we try and get back into European competition next season.
The France under-21 international has come to the attention of a number of sides this season after scoring 14 goals in 25 appearances, per Soccerbase.
Of the sides named, it seems Arsenal would suit him best, with Chelsea opting instead for Mohamed Salah and United already stocked in that area.
Lee Roden of talkSPORT claims there may also be interest from Paris Saint-Germain, who have shown with the signing of Yohan Cabaye that they are in the market for talent:
Man United, Arsenal and PSG all have a chance of signing Antoine Griezmann… for the right price http://t.co/XcxLZjuKzq— Lee Roden (@LeeRoden89) January 20, 2014
Arsene Wenger has a pedigree when it comes to nurturing young players. He has developed the careers of a number of French attacking stars, including Olivier Giroud and Thierry Henry.
The Arsenal boss is also keen on players in Griezmann's role, with Julian Draxler heavily linked to Arsenal during this transfer window, as reported by Sky Sports.
Admirably, Griezmann has pledged to see out the current campaign at Sociedad, but he may have begun to realise that the club's potential is limited and he wants to achieve more.
After excelling in La Liga to qualify for the Champions League this season, their limitations were highlighted as they finished bottom of Group A with one point from six games, per ESPN FC.
Domestically, they lie sixth and are struggling to recreate the form that saw them break into the top four last season, despite Griezmann's sparkling form.
If Arsenal are put off by Draxler's €45 million release clause, as reported by Stephan Uersfeld of ESPN FC, Griezmann would be a suitable and more affordable alternative.