Atletico Madrid strike Griezmann deal

The Spanish side have won the race to sign the France international after meeting his £23.7m release clause, with the 23-year-old now set for a medical with the league champions
Atletico Madrid have announced that they will sign Antoine Griezmann from Real Sociedad pending a medical after an agreement over a transfer fee was reached with their Primera Division rivals.

Goal exclusively revealed the Liga winners' interest earlier this month, with Atleti fighting off interest from Monaco to seal the Frenchman's signature in a £23.7 million deal.

"Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad have reached an agreement for the transfer of Antoine Griezmann," read a statement on the official Atletico website. "The young French player will undergo a medical before signing a contract with our club."

The 23-year-old came through the ranks of the Sociedad youth academy and has become a key player for the Basque side since his breakthrough to the first team in 2009-10.

Griezmann, who was part of the France squad that made it to the quarter-finals at the World Cup in Brazil, has made over 200 official appearances for Real Sociedad and bagged 16 Liga goals last season.

"He’s a brilliant player," Atletico coach Diego Simeone told reporters ahead of the club's friendly match against San Jose Earthquakes. "He is very quick and can give us a lot of options in attack."

The gifted attacker had also caught the attention of Arsenal and Tottenham, as well as Ligue 1 runners-up Monaco, but will continue his career at the Vicente Calderon instead.

He will become Atletico's fourth summer signing after the previous arrivals of Miguel Moya, Jan Oblak and Mario Mandzukic.