MANCHESTER UNITED and Chelsea are both interested in Antoine Griezmann this summer, although there are fears over his Premier League suitability.
Sources close to the Atletico Madrid star suggest he is not ready for a move to England and would find the division’s physicality tough to handle.
That warning comes despite a stunning season in which the Frenchman has netted 30 goals for club and country.
The Daily Mail reports: “Griezmann has been the subject of intense Premier League interest over the past two years and at 25, he is now pondering a move away from Spain.
“Chelsea are further along in their pursuit of the forward after a dismal title defence means new boss Antonio Conte will look to revamp a faltering squad, although United have deployed scouts to keep tabs on him.
“Atletico do not want to see their prized asset leave and are likely to block moves in any case, with any fee thought to be pushing the British transfer record.”
There’s no doubt the Premier League is more physical than the Spanish competition but many good judges will tell you that if a player has the talent, he will be a success in any league, regardless of his size.
Philippe Coutinho is one such example.
The Brazilian is slightly built but that hasn’t stopped him starring in the English top flight for Liverpool while, going back a few years, compatriot Juninho wasn’t hindered by his physical stature.
However, remaining at Vicente Calderon would certainly have its perks for Griezmann, who is guaranteed Champions League football in the Spanish capital, something Chelsea – and quite likely United – will be unable to offer next campaign.