The Premier league defending Champions league may be enduring a torrid season by they are still very attractive.
Reports in Spain and England have cited that France international and Atletico Madrid versatile attacker Antoine Griezman has agreed terms verbally to join Chelsea but the conclusion of the deal is dependent upon an agreement between the Rojiblancos and the Blues.
The former Real Sociedad attacker who only moved to the Vicente Calderon last season has easily become the best player for Atletico Madrid. Despite playing in a somewhat attacking free-role, Griezmann has scored nine goals in 17 La Liga appearances.
According to the report, Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo had travelled to Spain to signify Chelsea’s desire to sign the player but the Rojiblancos are reluctant to make the deal public.
Chelsea have has had a transfer relationship with the La Liga giant for several years. Thibaut Courtois was loaned there for several seasons before he joined Cheslea and they sold two other players to Chelsea last season.
It is believed that Diego Simeone will end up as coach of Chelsea next season and the deal for Griezmann is preparatory for his move to Stamford Bridge. The French player is the favourite for Simeone since moving to Vicente Calderon.
If the report is true, the place of Fabregas and Oscar in the first team of Chelsea will not be guaranteed. Griezmann will be an instant first team player.
Hiddink has been tipped to be busy in this transfer market in a bid to correct the failings of the club.