Arsenal have failed with a £12.5 million bid for Real Sociedad attacker Antoine Griezmann, according to reports in the Express.
The 22 year old is one of Europe’s hottest properties at the moment and has scored 12 La Liga goals in just 16 appearances this season.
The report states that the Gunners have approached Real Sociedad about signing the French attacker but have been firmly rebuffed. Sociedad are thought to have rejected the offer out of hand and insisted that Arsenal meet Griezmann’s £25 million buyout clause.
Arsene Wenger is keen to strengthen his attacking options following Theo Walcott’s untimely injury as the England international will miss the rest of the season after injuring his knee against Tottenham last weekend.
Griezmann has huge experience for a player so young. He has made over 170 top flight appearances and has become an important part of Sociedad’s team over the last five seasons. Even though the youngster is a first team regular in La Liga, he has only featured 10 times for the French U-21’s.
He joined Sociedad when he was just 13 and playing in Spain at such a young age has kept him away from the scouting networks in France. As such he was only picked up by French youth teams in 2010 and made Francis Smerecki’s squad for the U-19 UEFA European Championships and sparkled during the tournament.
He was on the verge of making his full international debut but it was stalled in November 2012 after he was suspended from being a part of any French national team until the end of 2013, after he broke curfew with four other players.
He is primarily viewed as a left sided player and can also play through the center or on the right. He likes to take on defenders and is as dangerous from a standing position as he is running onto the ball. He likes to cut inside and use his pace to expose slower central players and drag the full-back out of position. His rapier-like runs inside can cause havoc and if he is not closed down rapidly he will shoot on sight.
He would be a great signing for Arsenal and capturing him would give huge counter attacking options because of his directness, pace and ability to play in numerous positions. However it looks likes the Gunners will have to significantly improve their initial bid to capture him.
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