Chelsea’s attempts to sign Antoine Griezmann have taken a blow after Atletico Madrid refused to compromise on their price for the Frenchman.
Chelsea have been trying to sign the winger all summer and have intensified their efforts after their dreadful start to the season. The 3-0 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday damaged the team’s title defence as they looked insipid and slow going forward.
The Champions have been reluctant to pay over £40 million for Griezmann and had hoped Madrid’s second club might negotiate on the price. Spanish media outlets are reporting that Atletico will do no such thing and that the price, as Griezmann’s buy-out clause, is the bare minimum they will accept for him.