Manchester City ‘ready to break the bank’ for £70 million France striker

Manchester City are ready to add yet more firepower to their attack next summer with a move for Atlético Madrid and France forward Antonine Griezmann, according to exclusive reports in both the Sunday People and Sun on Sunday.

25-year-old Griezmann has been regularly linked with Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester United – the latter viewing him as a replacement for Wayne Rooney – but Pep Guardiola is reported to be a fan of the player and City could go all-out to acquire him for the Catalan coach.

And both newspapers report that City would be willing to pay a mammoth fee in the region of £70 million to prise Griezmann, who has 65 goals in 120 games for Atleti, away from the La Liga side. It could raise further questions about the future of Sergio Agüero, but all indications now are that the Argentine hero is happy at the club and Guardiola is happy with him.

It remains to be seen, however, who would make way if Griezmann were to arrive. Though the Frenchman can play on the right, he has become prolific for Atlético in a central striker role, and City not only have Agüero, but also young prodigy Kelechi Iheanacho and the incoming Gabriel Jesus capable of playing there.

Were Guardiola to view Griezmann as a right-sided player for his team, he could feasibly replace Jesús Navas, who is expected to leave next summer, although both Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sané are also options for the right wing.

Griezmann has recently split from his agent, and he and his family are now in charge of his affairs.

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