Chelsea have made Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann their top target for January, with Jose Mourinho looking to add reinforcements to Chelsea's attack after yet another loss at home to a club in the bottom half of the table in Bournemouth. The Blues are currently 14th in the league with 15 points and have all but given up any hope of qualifying for the Champions League next season.
The Mirror reports that the Blues are willing to match Atletico's £25m ($38m) plus valuation of the player to add another dimension to their attack, having drawn a blank in their last two games. Diego Costa's form has suffered this season, with the striker managing only three goals, which has exacerbated their problems, with Loic Remy struggling for form and Radamel Falcao out injured.
Costa was an unused substitute against Tottenham as Mourinho looked to put the Spaniard in his place and get his mind back in the game. The former Atletico man reacted out of frustration but his transgressions were forgiven and was given a chance to prove himself at half-time against Bournemouth, where the Spaniard failed to deliver.
Griezmann has been in good form in the La Liga, scoring seven goals and assisting two and would be a major addition to the Chelsea squad should he be made available. However, the issue lies in convincing Atletico to part with their star forward midway through the season, with the better part of their league campaign still under consideration, followed by progression in Europe where they have confirmed qualification.
Chelsea's European dreams, on the other hand, are hanging by a thread with the Blues having to scrape a draw away to Porto to assure themselves a place in the knockout stages. A loss would leave them at the mercy of Dynamo Kiev, who can relegate Chelsea to the Europa League with a win over group minnows Maccabi Tel Aviv.