France prodigy Antoine Griezmann has turned down a new deal to stay at Real Sociedad and might join a Premier League club, according to reports.
Chisanga Malata of the Daily Star notes a report from AS that says the young forward, who gave a good account of himself at the World Cup, has rejected a two-year extension with the La Liga club and that this could trigger a move by Arsenal to purchase him.
The player has also garnered significant interest from Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United, per Malata, with Sociedad not allowing the player to leave unless his £23.9 million buy-out clause is matched.
But Metro also reports that the Anfield giants are preparing a £20 million bid for the player to try and tempt his Spanish employers to sell.
The 23-year-old had a great season in La Liga last year, hitting an impressive 16 goals in 35 domestic league matches, per WhoScored.com.
During the 2013-14 season, Griezmann spoke about the continued interest in him from United when Sociedad played them in the Champions League. He said at the time, per John Richardson of the Express:
“I know that some English clubs are looking at me and Manchester United is on that list. It’s nice to hear that but it doesn’t influence my work. Ryan Giggs is one of my football heroes."
Football writer Tom Coast recently paid Griezmann a huge compliment by banding him with France's two youngest superstars in the making. He tweeted:
The likes of Griezmann, Pogba & Varane will be better players in 2 years time. Benzema will be in his prime. Great future spine in this team— Tom Coast (@thcoast) July 4, 2014
Griezmann was certainly one of the surprises of the World Cup in terms of his performance and impact made in the five games he featured in. His versatility is also a huge plus, able to play on the left side of the attack as well as striker.
The Premier League seems an obvious destination for the young player with Arsenal's need for a forward dictating that they may be the most interested in him.
Which team would be best for Antoine Griezmann to join?
Griezmann has all of the assets needed to be a very good attacker in the biggest league in the world, and news of uncertainty over his future is likely to spark a bidding war in the near future.