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Manchester City targeting Atlético Madrid star Antoine Griezmann?

Could Guardiola break the bank on another striker?

Villarreal CF v Club Atletico de Madrid - La Liga Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Manchester City have been linked to Atlético Madrid star man Antoine Griezmann.

The striker could cost City up to £70 million and they would face competition from cross town rivals Manchester United.

At first glance, this is a tantalizing rumor; however, there are more negatives than positives to the prospect of his signing.

Pep Guardiola has proven that he prefers single-striker formations. This would create competition between Griezmann and fan favorite Sergio Agüero. This could cause struggles in maintaining form as it would be difficult to pick up momentum while being dropped for the other striker every couple matches.

Another consequence of bringing in such an elite player would be the hindering of Kelechi Iheanacho and Gabriel Jesus' development. The two youngsters are some of the most mouth-watering prospects in world football. To stagnate their growth would be a horrible mistake.

Ultimately, breaking the bank for Griezmann would be a rather poor decision and this rumor will likely stay untrue.