Every Arsenal fan knows unless a miracle happens, Alexis Sanchez will be leaving Arsenal this summer and it appears the club is already working to sign a replacement for want-away Chilean. This is as reports claim Arsenal are interested in signing Antoine Griezmann in the summer.
And to further buttress the reports, various bookmakers are also starting to hint at a possible surprise Griezmann to Arsenal deal. The 26-year-old was reportedly on the verge of joining Manchester United last summer but for the transfer ban slammed on Atletico Madrid.
Griezmann was just few days ago 10/1 odds to join Arsenal from the likes of betulator but after current Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette announced he would try to convince Griezmann to sign for Arsenal the odds have been shorted to just 4/1.
Although Manchester United are likely to still be interested in signing the Frenchman next summer, but does Arsenal have any chance?
It is obvious Sanchez will leave Arsenal either in January or in the summer transfer window and signing Griezmann will make perfect sense but will Wenger sanction such a deal especially considering Atletico Madrid are very unlikely to agree to sell him for less than his £92 million release clause (which is only valid in January, it becomes £184m next summer) especially as they can get same elsewhere?
Arsenal and Arsene Wenger will know that they can’t afford not to buy a replacement for Sanchez should the South American leave this summer. Most Arsenal fans would certainly like to retain Sanchez and just add to the team but with Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City, who are much more ambitious than Arsenal still interested in him, it will be a big surprise if the former Barca star remains an Arsenal player beyond this season.
Signing Griezmann will certainly make sense but I personally believe Wenger won't do such a deal not because Griezmann isn't good but because of the amount of money involved. Wenger is more likely to go for Julian Draxler rather than Griezmann as Sanchez's replacement. It is a shame but it is one fact that most Arsenal fans who are not deluded will agree to. Inasmuch as Wenger remains Arsenal's manager, Arsenal are very unlikely to spend 100 million on a single player.
If Griezmann leaves Atletico in the summer, and I think he will, he is more likely to go to Manchester United or PSG. Both clubs have more money than Arsenal and are not afraid to spend it. Arsenal can by all means afford Griezmann but they certainly won't be signing him if the likes of PSG, Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barca are still interested in signing him.