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Former Arsenal defender Paul Merson believes that the club would be better off signing Atletico Madrid superstar Antoine Griezmann in the summer. He has urged manager Arsene Wenger to compete with Manchester United for the signing of the 25-year-old. United are believed to be the favourites to sign the player, who may cost in excess of £85.5 million. The Red Devils are ready to activate a release clause in the player’s contract in order to bypass any negotiations with Atletico Madrid. Such a transfer would break Arsenal’s transfer record, which currently stands at £42.5 million paid for Mesut Ozil, by more than double.
Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Merson said:
“They pay top dollar those Arsenal fans. When you’re paying that kind of money you have to be watching world class footballers at the club. You can’t just have two – you should have five and six in my opinion.
“With Griezmann, people go ‘they’ve [Arsenal] got that kind of player’. They haven’t. They’ve got two of them [Sanchez and Ozil], but you could do with another one. For me there isn’t a club in the world that wouldn’t want Griezmann.”