Sky Sports Spanish football expert Terry Gibson says that, there is a chance that Antoine Griezmann will join Chelsea in in a swap deal involving Diego Costa but not earlier than on summer.However, the factor that decides whether the Frenchman even begin to consider the potential transfer at Stamford Bridge, will be Chelsea’s qualification for next season of the Champions League.
Gibson told La Liga weekly podcast :
“No I do not think it [a move] does (depend on Chelsea finishing in the top four),”
“If you were Griezmann and in any way interested in going to the Premier League, then you would still look upon a club like Chelsea as an attractive proposition.”
“Similar to when a lot of people made that assumption when Manchester United did not qualify for the Champions League whether they could attract the players.”
“But if a club is willing to pay the transfer fee and the wages, then the reputation of a big club like Manchester United or Chelsea does mean that players will go to those sort of clubs and risk not being in the Champions League hoping it is just for the one season.”
“It is being talked about a lot and from the outside there is surely a swap there with Griezmann and Diego Costa somewhere along the line,”
“But I do not expect that to happen in January as that does not suit either club, because if they are both in the Champions League then they will have a player they cannot use. So Griezmann will stay put until the summer.”