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Despite Arsene Wenger being under strong criticism over his failure to sign in a new striker during the current transfer window recent speculations are suggesting the woes the Frenchman’s is receiving his indifferent to Gunner’s striker Olivier Giroud but the manager is believe to be quietly pursuing a deal to sign his compatriot Antoine Griezmann.
The Frenchman was reported to be on a secret missing to bring Griezmann to Arsenal this season by signing the French striker for a deal more than £60 million.
Griezmann move to the Premier League was heavily dependent on Diego Costa’s return to Atletico Madrid that would have enabled the 66-year-old manager to convince the Rojiblancis to sell the forward.
According to sources, the deal was however, expected to take place in a similar manner to that of German international Mesut Ozil, which primarily happened because of former Tottenham Hotspur’s striker Gareth Bale’s arrival at Santiago Bernabeu.
He hoped that the arrival of Costa would make way for him to sign the French forward, which same was the way Sanchez became available to him in 2014, following Suarez’s deal with Barcelona.
The 25-year-old saw the bag of the net six times for France at the Euro 2016 and became top scorer of the tournament, while he was foreshowed for his brilliant performances in La Liga last season. He scored 22 goals in 38 appearances for the Rojiblancos in the last campaign.
Griezmann scored six goals at the Euro 2016 for France and became top scorer of the tournament, while he was heralded for his performances in La Liga last season, after he scored 22 goals in 38 appearances.
The striker penned a five-year contract extension with Atletico Madrid in June, which pushed his buyout clause to £86.2 million.
Wenger had hoped that this would have been his answer to increased impatience from the fans towards his transfer policies but it seems there will be no superstar deal this summer.
The 66-year-old brought Ozil, Sanchez, and Petr Cech to the club in the last three years, and hoped that Griezmann would have been his big name, successful target this year.
However, Costa remaining at Chelsea means Wenger’s chase of the 25-year-old came to an abrupt end. Gunners can now only hope against all odds that Costa’s transfer follows through so they might have a chance to welcome the excellent French forward at the Emirates Stadium at some point in the future. An incredibly unlikely scenario.