Transfer News: Liverpool and Arsenal Suffer Blow as French Winger Opts for Madrid

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By Mark Wayne Eubank | July 29, 2014 4:52 AM EST

Premier League clubs Liverpool and Arsenal suffered a blow as Real Sociedad winger Antoine Griezmann, who rumoured to be on their wish list, opted to move to Atletico Madrid.

The 23-year-old, who started three of France's five World Cup matches, which includes the 1-nil quarter-finals loss to Germany, had been solid fixture for La Real.

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France's Antoine Griezmann (R) controls the ball next to Germany's Philipp Lahm during their 2014 World Cup quarter-finals at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro July 4, 2014.

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His scoring output rose consistently from 6 during his days in the Segunda Division in 2009 to 16 last season, coupled with 4 assists, in the La Liga.

"Atlético de Madrid and Real Sociedad have reached an agreement for the transfer of Antoine Griezmann," a statement read on Atleti's official Website.

"The young French football player will undergo the corresponding medical examination before signing the contract with our Club."

Griezmann will suggestedly cost the Rojiblancos £27million, should the deal push through.

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France's Antoine Griezmann (R) controls the ball next to Germany's Philipp Lahm during their 2014 World Cup quarter-finals at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro July 4, 2014.
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