Chelsea has opened hush-hush talks with Antoine Griezmann over a move to Stamford Bridge this summer, according to surprise reports on Monday.
The Frenchman’s future is once again under the spotlight, with Manchester United once again reported to be sniffing around the star.
Reports on Sunday suggested Jose Mourinho wants to offer Atletico the chance to sign Paul Pogba in a straight swap for his close friend and countryman.
Barcelona is said to be leading the pursuit for the player, with his €100m exit clause in his contract making him an attractive proposition for potential suitors this summer.
Atletico themselves are also hoping to persuade the star to commit to a new deal and significantly raise his current transfer release clause.
However, reports that appear to have generated in the United Arab Emirates claim Chelsea have held talks with Griezmann over a potential move to London.
The story generates from the newspaper The National, which cites an interview with former Atletico striker Diego Forlan.
He suggests Chelsea have held talks with the player over the past few weeks, though he concedes they remain third or fourth favorites behind his other suitors.
It’s claimed the presence of his countrymen N’Golo Kante, Olivier Giroud and Tiemoue Bakayoko could, however, convince him to cause a transfer shock and join the Blues.
However, the story – which has also been picked up by sections of the Italian media – appears to tie itself in knots by then suggesting the Blues’ expected lack of Champions League football next season will scupper their chances of landing the €100m star.
AC Milan resume interest in Chelsea star Morata
AC Milan has resumed their interest in signing Chelsea star Alvaro Morata, reports in Italy claim.
The Rossoneri are desperate to get some attacking reinforcements in the summer as both Nikola Kalinic and Andre Silva may be leaving the San Siro after a very disappointing debut spell at the club.
Patrick Cutrone is the only centre-forward that the Rossoneri want to confirm next season, so much so the Italian has already begun talks to extend his stay at the club.
AC Milan, however, will need at least one new striker next season and according to reports in Italy, the Rossoneri have already prepared a four-man to shortlist.
The likes of Andrea Belotti, Edin Dzeko, Luis Muriel and Alvaro Morata are all being monitored by the Serie A giants.
Morata is a long time target of AC Milan as the Serie A giants tried to sign him last summer before he moved to Chelsea.
Juventus are also being linked with signing the Spaniard again at the end of the season. Will Morata make Serie A return in the summer?