Man Utd to trigger Griezmann release clause
The Telegraph report that Manchester United are set to trigger Antoine Griezmann's £85 million release clause in the summer and are confident of landing a deal despite some of the Frenchman's comments in the media. The report says that the club have been utilising Griezmann's close friendship with Paul Pogba, with the midfielder texting him regularly that the weather in Manchester isn't so bad. The move could be complicated if Atletico win the Champions League, Diego Simeone decides to stay or Manchester United fail to qualify for the Champions League.
Paper Round's view: The weather aspect of the Griezmann transfer saga is really interesting, and a pretty clear reminder of the fact that footballers are human, not just robots. It's also fascinating that United's chances of landing one of the best players in the world could really come down to whether he can be persuaded Manchester isn't as rainy as it is said to be.
Chelsea lead Van Dijk race
The big Chelsea exclusive in The Mirror is that the Blues are confident they have beaten Manchester City to the signing of Virgil van Dijk. The Dutchman has been impressive for Southampton and the report says that Chelsea will pay up to £50min order to make him part of their defence next season.
Paper Round's view: Chelsea have been hugely impressive this season but they have benefited from having virtually no injury problems. David Luiz has been carrying a knock for the second-half of the season and were he not fit the Blues would have to turn to either Kurt Zouma, who is himself coming off a very serious knee injury suffered last year, or captain John Terry whose best days are behind him. Reinforcements make sense although fans may well worry about what it says for the development of both Zouma and Andreas Christensen.
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