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PSG Reportedly Eyeing Antoine Griezmann as Potential Neymar Replacement

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistOctober 19, 2018

MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 7: Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid during the La Liga Santander  match between Atletico Madrid v Real Betis Sevilla at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on October 7, 2018 in Madrid Spain (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)
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Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly lining up Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann as a potential replacement for Neymar should the Brazilian leave the Parc des Princes.

According to Patricia Martinez of Sport, PSG head coach Thomas Tuchel supports a plan to meet Griezmann's reported €150 million (£132 million) release clause should Neymar, who has recently been linked with Real Madrid and Barcelona, need replacing. 

The purchase would be funded by any sale of Neymar, who PSG will only let go for €200 million (£176 million) or more, according to Martinez. 

The Brazilian only joined the Ligue 1 giants from Barca in August 2017.

But almost from the moment he arrived in Paris there have been rumours he is unhappy there and could be open to a departure, per The Independent.

It certainly does not seem as though the 26-year-old will be at PSG long into the future, and it would be a sensible move on the club's part to prepare for Neymar's exit.

Griezmann, 27, would be a superb replacement. 

He is a consistent goalscorer and boasts immense experience playing at the highest level:

Squawka Football @Squawka

Antoine Griezmann's goalscoring record for Atletico Madrid: 209 games 🔴⚪ 112 goals ⚽️ Se queda. https://t.co/nqs4BUp2ko

He is also a hero in France having played a key role for Les Bleus in their 2018 FIFA World Cup win. 

The main obstacle for PSG should they want to move for Griezmann will likely be persuading him to leave Atleti.

He has been with the Madrid outfit since 2014 and opted to sign a new deal at the Wanda Metropolitano in the summer rather than join Barcelona:

B/R Football @brfootball

BREAKING: Antoine Griezmann confirms he is staying at Atletico Madrid https://t.co/FIpaxOG0P0

That was a significant show of commitment from Griezmann, but he could yet be tempted by the chance to return to his homeland. 

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