In a move designed to ward of a frontal assault by Chelsea for two of their best players Antoine Griezmann and Koke the Spanish club will raise both players’ buy-out clauses to close to £100 million when the pair are offered new contracts this summer.
Currently the pair has deals that only have buy-out clauses of £43 million and Atletico fear it is not high enough to stop Jose Mourinho’s club from swooping in for both players.
Koke is apparently very happy to remain in Spain while French international Griezmann is open to a move to the Premiership following a stellar season in which the 24-year-old has scored £25 goals.
Atletico openly admit that when they signed Griezmann from Real Sociedad for £23 million to fill the void left by David Villa and Diego Costa, they had no idea of the impact he would have for the club which is why his buyout clause is what it is.
The Frenchman also is able to playing in any attacking position, which will appeal to Mourinho, so we expect the Portuguese manager to approach both players before they sign new contracts with Atletico.