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Chelsea Transfer News: Antoine Griezmann Open to Offers, Latest Ramires Rumours

MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 14:  Antoine Griezmann of Atletico de Madrid celebrates scoring their third goal during the Copa del Rey Round of 16 second leg match between Club Atletico Madrid and Rayo Vallecano de Madrid at Vicente Claderon stadium on January 14, 2016 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJanuary 26, 2016

Reported Chelsea target Antoine Griezmann is said to be ready to listen to offers to move away from Atletico Madrid in the summer.  

The France international has been in tremendous form so far this term, helping Diego Simeone’s side push for a spot at the summit of La Liga. According to Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, the former Real Sociedad man could be on the move despite being content at the Vicente Calderon.

“Nothing has changed,” said Balague in a response to a question about Griezmann’s situation. “He wants to have a really good season and see what happens in the summer. He is open to offers. Atletico don't want him to go but they understand if somebody comes with the right amount of money he may go, so we will have to keep an eye on it.”

Griezmann is blossoming into one of European football's most exciting forwards.
Griezmann is blossoming into one of European football's most exciting forwards.Francisco Seco/Associated Press

According to Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror, the Blues are keen on landing the forward, as well as Manchester City and Manchester United.

Here is a look at why many feel as though Griezmann is close to becoming one of the standout players in world football:

As we can see here, courtesy of OptaJose, the Atletico man is enjoying a stunning campaign and has been so important to his team:

Griezmann himself admitted he has little intentions of leaving Atletico recently, per Telefoot (h/t Vaishali Bhardwaj of the London Evening Standard): “This is a big club, and I want to achieve great things here. I am ambitious and my goal is to win trophies here.”

Obviously, if Chelsea could land him, then Griezmann would be a huge coup. The 24-year-old not only contributes in his goalscoring, but his searing runs in behind, exceptional dribbling and an unrelenting work rate are influential. 

Griezmann seems happy working under Simeone at Atletico.
Griezmann seems happy working under Simeone at Atletico.PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/Getty Images

He’s the perfect forward for Atletico Madrid, and he has all of the attributes to thrive in English football, too. However, the Madrid side are unlikely to cash in any time soon given they have a transfer ban to serve, and Griezmann, as is evident by his own aforementioned quotes, seems keen on sampling success with this progressing outfit.

 

Ramires Close to £25 Million Move

Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Ramires celebrates after Willian's freekick goes straight into the net for Chelsea's second goal during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St James' Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne,
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According to Lewis, Chelsea are close to moving on Brazilian midfielder Ramires, with Chinese side Jiangsu ­Suning said to be willing to splash a whopping £25 million to sign him.

As noted in the piece, Ramires only signed a four-year deal with the Blues back in October 2015, and under Jose Mourinho, he was a player who was often drafted in for big games because of his defensive skills and energy. However, as we can see here, courtesy of Sky Sports News HQ, since interim manager Guus Hiddink was appointed, the former Benfica man has seen little time on the pitch:

There will be some Chelsea fans sad to see Ramires leave. After all, his stunning lob against Barcelona in the semi-final of the UEFA Champions League in 2012 is one of the most iconic moments in the club’s recent history. Here’s a reminder of it:

But it’s a remarkable deal for the Blues if this goes through. Although Ramires is a versatile and useful player, recouping £25 million for his services is superb business, especially when you consider the midfielder will be turning 29 in March.

For the player, it’s a peculiar move. The prospect of a new challenge and a handsome salary will no doubt be alluring for Ramires, although there’s no doubt he could still make an impression at a strong side in one of Europe’s top-five leagues. However, it’d be a big surprise if any team matched the money being offered to the Blues by Jiangsu ­Suning.

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