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5 clubs who must pounce for Antoine Griezmann transfer, including Manchester United and Chelsea

3 – Chelsea 

The Blues are expected to lose their best player this summer, as Eden Hazard nears a lucrative switch to Real Madrid after a seven-year spell at Stamford Bridge, according to L’Equipe.

Such a departure will rock the foundations of Maurizio Sarri’s squad and he might not even be able to sign a replacement, with an impending transfer ban threatening to prevent any incomings for two windows.

However, an appeal against the ban is still ongoing and Chelsea officials have already begun to identify possible targets as they plan for life after Hazard’s departure.

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Hazard is expected to join Real Madrid

Griezmann has not yet emerged on their radar, but now that he has declared his availability, the Blues might consider throwing their names into the hat, especially amid an ongoing striker crisis.

Alvaro Morata is reportedly pushing for a permanent move to Atletico after a successful loan spell, Olivier Giroud has been touted for a switch to France and Gonzalo Higuain is expected to return to Juventus in June.

In truth, Chelsea have lacked a formidable centre-forward since Diego Costa left the club and Griezmann could be the answer to their woes, while also potentially softening the blow of losing Hazard.

4 – Real Madrid 

Atletico’s fiercest rivals might seem like a surprise name on this list, but no world-class player is off limits to the Santiago Bernabeu outfit, who have always prided themselves on their famous ‘Galactico’ policy.

Griezmann has helped mastermind the downfall of the Blancos on a few occasions, with both Madrid teams vying for La Liga and European glory consistently during his time in the capital.

Zinedine Zidane’s current crop have endured a nightmare season which is destined to end without any silverware and the Frenchman is planning wholesale changes, with a number of high profile targets mooted.

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Zidane is planning a squad overhaul this summer

Targeting the Atletico talisman would be a bold move, but he might be tempted to link up with the ex-Les Bleus legend, who enjoyed an illustrious playing career at both club and international level.

Zidane also led Madrid to three successive Champions League wins during his first spell in charge, which is the biggest trophy still missing from Griezmann’s impressive CV.

5 – Manchester City

Last but by no means least is Pep Guardiola’s newly crowned English champions, who have just won their second successive league title after coming out on top in a thrilling battle with Liverpool.

City are on course to win an unprecedented domestic treble, with an FA Cup final against Watford to look forward to and the Carabao Cup also safely tucked away in the trophy cabinet already, but they failed to reach the same heights in Europe.

Guardiola’s men were knocked out of the Champions League at the quarterfinal stage by Premier League rivals Tottenham, which has led to plenty of suggestion that City are not yet the finished article.

Griezmann’s arrival at the Etihad Stadium could help to solve their woes in the continental competition, with Sergio Aguero shouldering the main goal-scoring burden for City as Gabriel Jesus continues to underwhelm.

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Aguero is City’s main man

Aguero left Atletico to join City in 2011 and has since earned legendary status at the club, while also emerging as one of the best strikers in the business and Griezmann might fancy his chances of having a similar impact in the Premier League.

With the Argentine set to turn 31 next month it could be time for City to think about a long-term replacement, and Griezmann looks like he could fit the bill perfectly.

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