Antoine Griezmann’s agent provides transfer update amid Arsenal link

Antoine Griezmann rejected the chance to move to England, according to Atletico star's agent

Antoine Griezmann rejected interest from England in favour of staying at Atletico Madrid, according to the France striker’s agent.

Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli has claimed that the Gunners are interested in signing Atletico striker Griezmann as Arsene Wenger looks to bolster his attacking options ahead of the new season.

The Arsenal manager has been linked with a number of different players in the summer transfer window, although Wenger has only made three new additions so far.

Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka moved to Arsenal in a £33m deal from Borussia Monchengladbach earlier this summer ahead of Euro 2016.

Wenger also snapped up Japanese forward Takuma Asano and Bolton Wanderers defender Rob Holding last month.

And Griezmann’s agent has revealed that the France international turned down interest from England in favour of extending his contract at Vicente Calderon earlier this year.

“Antoine extended his contract with pleasure,” Eric Olhats told France Football. “At no point was this club a back-up plan.

“Teams from abroad did however call on him during the close season. In England, there were several direct expressions of interest, but a lot of clubs are under reconstruction.

“There were also meetings with Paris Saint-Germain. The project was very attractive, but he’s just become a father, he feels good in Spain and Atletico is, I repeat, a great club that gives him everything he expects and which is managed by a great coach.”

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Arsenal will start their Premier league campaign against Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on 14 August.

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