Atletico Madrid have seemingly beaten Spurs to the signature of Real Sociedad wing wizard Antoine Griezmann, who will join last season’s La Liga winners for a fee of €30 million (£24 million), as reported by The Guardian
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino had hoped to bring Griezmann to White Hart Lane, making him the club’s third signing of the summer, but an agreement has been reached which, pending a medical, will see Griezmann move to the Spanish capital.
The talented wide player has developed a reputation as one of the best young players in his position in world football, something he backed up last season with a stupendous record of 16 goals.
Atletico revealed on their official website that they had matched his release clause from the Basque club, and have also agreed personal terms with the player to join their side.
Spurs will now be forced to turn to other targets to improve their side.
Southampton have reportedly put a huge price tag on midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, who is interesting both Arsenal and Spurs, telling both sides that he will cost more than the £27 million fee spent by Manchester United to acquire Luke Shaw, according to The Guardian.
Arsenal enquired about Schneiderlin’s availability yesterday, having agreed a fee with the south coast club for the transfer of Calum Chambers.
The St. Mary’s club are not willing to let Schneiderlin go cheap, however, and have slapped a huge price tag on him to ward off both north London rivals.
The new Southampton manager Ronald Koeman will meet Schneiderlin for the first time on Monday. The French international has been absent with permission after the World Cup finals, and begins his pre-season training at the start of next week. The manager considers the midfielder to be integral to his intended style at the club.
He is building a system around central defenders who can step out and win the ball at their feet, meaning Schneiderlin’s ability to tuck into defence will be integral.
Southampton have no need to sell Scheiderlin, and hope their valuation would deter bidders. The midfielder joined the club at the age of 18. He played for them in the Championship, symbolising their rise through the divisions.
@awinehouse1 According to Carlo Laudisa of La Gazetta dello Sport, Napoli are set to make a move for Erik Lamela of Spurs in the summer. Lamela has largely disappointed since signing for Spurs, failing to make much of an impact under either Andres Villas Boas or Tim Sherwood. Sherwood barely used Lamela after his initial disappointing displays. Despite his position as the player responsible for Spurs’s largest ever transfer outlay, it seems likely that he will depart the club this summer. Napoli are offering him a route away from England, with Rafael Benitez keen to bring him to the club on loan ahead of their upcoming Champions League campaign. It is not known whether Mauricio Pochettino sees a future for Lamela at Spurs, but his future may rely on the whims of Director of Football Franco Baldini, who brought him to the club. Baldini may seek to save face by insisting that Pochettino give the £30m man an opportunity next season.