Less than 24 hours after Antoine Griezmann netted the away goal that sent Atletico Madrid to their second Champions League final in three years, media outlets linked him with a big-money move away from the Spanish side.
The French striker’s stock is undeniably on the rise having scored 31 goals in all competitions for the Colchoneros this season. As a result the Daily Mail suggest teams like Manchester United and Chelsea would be willing to pay close to £80m for his services.
According to the paper, Los Rojiblancos are desperately trying to hand their star a new contract, which would increase his release clause to £79m and, in theory, dissuade potential buyers from launching a bid.
However, should the former Real Sociedad man continue to play key parts in major matches then there will be little Atleti can do to ward off the vultures.
A Champions League showpiece beckons for the 25-year-old, who became the club’s record scorer in the competition when notching the ninth goal of his career against Bayern Munich.
Then after performing in that vast shop window, he’ll lead the line for his country in a home European Championships over the summer.
Ladbrokes make Griezmann the 10/1 third favourite to win the Golden Boot at Euro 2016 and if he comes anywhere close to landing that prize it will be extremely difficult for Diego Simeone to keep hold of his man.
After all, the Spanish side have a long history of selling their stars, having let Jackson Martinez, Arda Turan, Diego Costa, Falcao, Sergio Aguero, David de Gea and Fernando Torres all leave for huge sums in the past 10 years.
It’s looking increasingly plausible that Griezmann is the next player added to that list and if it’s not a Premier League powerhouse tempting him away, then the rest of the continent’s major forces are likely to try.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.