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Chelsea transfer news: Jose Mourinho set to receive huge blow in deal to land top French striker

Atletico Madrid will refuse any proposed swap deal from Chelsea for striker Antoine Griezmann, as the La Liga BBVA outfit are only interested in selling if his buy-out clause of £43m is met.

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Chelsea transfer news: Jose Mourinho to offer winger as part of a €65m deal to land top La Liga target
Chelsea transfer news: Jose Mourinho told by world-class midfield target of his huge wage demands

On Wednesday, Gazzetta dello Sport revealed that the French forward remains a top priority signing for Jose Mourinho in the summer window, and the west London outfit were preparing a €65m deal – which could include Mohamed Salah – to land his signature.

In an update on the proposed package, the Daily Star claim that Diego Simeone is set to recommend to club directors in a meeting this week that any player-plus-cash deal from the Premier League champions should be rejected.

The British newspaper also state that former Rojiblancos left-back Filipe Luis may also have been one of the players Mourinho was willing to sacrifice to bring Griezmann to Stamford Bridge.

The France international has a release-clause of £43m [Daily Mail] and, according to the report, the Blues are uninterested in paying such an amount for the 24-year-old. If Atleti stand firm on a cash-only deal, Chelsea therefore could have to concede defeat.

In his debut campaign at the Estadio Vicente Calderon, Simeone’s No.7 netted 25 goals in all competitions – with 22 of those coming in La Liga – making it little wonder why he is on the Chelsea manager’s transfer wish list this summer.

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