You could be forgiven for wondering why Atletico Madrid’s attempts to bring Antoine Griezmann back have anything to do with Wolves.

But the La Liga champions’ striking transfer policy actually involved the Old Gold this summer.

Spanish outlet AS claim that Atletico’s plan this summer was to buy a backup striker for Luis Suarez.

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And Wolves’ Rafa Mir was named as one of the potential options, having impressed out on loan last season.

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He netted 16 goals for Huesca last season but was unable to stop them getting relegated.

And he said last month that it wasn’t clear whether he’d still be at Molineux next season.

So it’s not that surprising that Atletico saw the 24-year-old as a potential transfer option.

 

But now they’ve been handed an opportunity they weren’t expecting to get. The chance to get Griezmann back.

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They sold him for a reported £107 million in July 2019 and could now get him back in a swap deal with Saul Niguez.

That would mean they don’t go into the market for a striker, with the France international the only striking reinforcement they’d bring in.

The report says the Griezmann deal could be sorted as early as next week and if it does, Mir will still be waiting for a suitor.

He shone in Spain last season but it seems not many La Liga clubs had the money to buy him. Atletico do, but look set to make a far more eye-catching signing.

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