Paris Saint-Germain Reportedly Prepared to Pay €150M for Antoine Griezmann

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistOctober 24, 2018

VILLAREAL, SPAIN - OCTOBER 20:  Antoine Griezmann of Atletico de Madrid looks on during the La Liga match between Villarreal CF and Club Atletico de Madrid at Estadio de la Ceramica on October 20, 2018 in Villareal, Spain.  (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
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Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly hoping to unite Kylian Mbappe with his international team-mate Antoine Griezmann and are prepared to meet his €150 million buyout clause to do it. 

According to Diario OK's Miguel Gutierrez (h/t Goal), PSG regard Atletico Madrid forward Griezmann as the top choice if one or both of Edinson Cavani and Neymar were to leave.

On top of meeting his clause, the Parisians are also willing to offer him a contract worth €35 million net per year.

Having come through the ranks at Real Sociedad before he made the switch to Atletico in 2014, Griezmann has never played in French football.

During his time with Los Rojiblancos, Griezmann has become one of the most prolific goalscorers in European football, notching 116 goals in little more than four seasons as well as laying on 43 assists.

He has also become a star player for the French national side, helping them win the FIFA World Cup.

The 27-year-old offered a reminder of his importance to Les Bleus when he netted a brace against Germany in the international break, including this superb header:

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OptaFranz shared his impressive numbers from that 2-1 win:

As that performance showed, he's not only a clinical goalscorer. His work ethic is tremendous, and he's a creative forward too, making him an even more potent threat in the final third, while his delivery in dead-ball situations is excellent.

He has shown with France that he can dovetail well with Mbappe, so he would be a strong addition to PSG's forward line should Neymar or Cavani move on.

It's clear Griezmann would require significant investment from the Parisians, but the departure of one of their other stars would likely be able to fund the move.