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Chelsea pursue forward as release clause increased beyond €65m

Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has been handed an improved contract by the Vicente Calderon giants in a move to stave off interest from Bayern Munich and Chelsea, according to Spanish source AS.

The former Real Sociedad forward enjoyed a stellar debut campaign at Atletico last term, during which he racked up a personal-best tally of 25 goals in all competitions.

Rojiblancos boss Diego Simeone has already seen first-team stars Arda Turan, Miranda and Mario Mandzukic leave this summer, and is understandably keen to keep Grizemann.

AS states that whilst the length of Griezmann’s contract has not changed, the player’s salary has increased, as has his release clause, which is now in excess of €65m.

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho moved to strengthen his attack with the loan capture of Colombian Radamel Falcao from AS Monaco, a surprising move given the average season the 29-year-old endured at Man United last term, but having lost veteran Didier Drogba, could still do with more bodies in attack.

Falcao bagged just four goals last season and whilst the South American has proven to be a prolific performer in Portugal, Spain and France, the Colombian is a shadow of the player he once was, his career stalling since the long-term knee injury he suffered in January 2014.

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