Last season saw Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann catapult himself into the pantheon of the worlds elite footballers, becoming a potential Ballon dOr contender alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The France international starred in Atletis run to the Champions League final, while he was also voted player of the tournament at Euro 2016 in his homeland over the summer.Both campaigns ultimately ended in disappointment for Griezmann, with Atletico being edged out by rivals Real Madrid in the Champions League final, and France suffering a shock defeat to Portugal in the final of the Euro 2016. But on a personal level, the 25-year-olds stock has never been higher, and he is now being reportedly linked with a potential switch to the Premier League. The Football Whispers Index is giving the possibility of Griezmann joining Chelsea a score of 2.6 out of five, while Manchester United are also believed to hold an interest in the player and are rated at 1.2.Both clubs have shown that they are willing to spend big in order to secure top stars in recent years, so it stands to reason that they would be interested in a move for the Atletico superstar. Griezmann has scored six goals for Atletico so far this season Griezmann joined Atletico in the summer of 2014 in a €30 million deal from Real Sociedad. He had been at La Real since his mid-teens and broke into the first-team at the Anoeta as a speedy left-winger.Making his debut as a 19-year-old in September 2009, Griezmann quickly became a vital part of the San Sebastian sides climb from the Spanish second division into La Liga that season, making 39 appearances and scoring six goals.Over the next four seasons, Griezmann continued to develop as his influence at Sociedad steadily grew. His final season at the club saw his goal-scoring instincts start to come to the fore as he scored 20 goals in 50 games. Griezmann was named player of the tournament at Euro 2016 And it was in that scoring touch that Atleti boss Diego Simeone saw even greater potential for Griezmann, and, two years ago, the Argentinian decided his new signing would be better utilised in a central role.Since then, Griezmann has netted 50 times in 81 La Liga games. In that period, only Ronaldo, Messi and Luis Suarez have scored more.If Chelsea and Manchester United are serious about their pursuit of Griezmann, there are some star names who would likely find their places under threat. Griezmann has a 100m euro release clause at Atletico Although, due to Griezmanns versatility and preference for a central role, Eden Hazard and Anthony Martial would perhaps not be direct positional rivals, their status as the most relied upon creative attacking force in their respective teams would come under threat. Lets see how they compare to Griezmann statistically...Eden Hazard Eden Hazard was named PFA Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year for the 2014/15 campaign In the time that Griezmann has been representing the red and white side of Madrid, its fair to say that Hazard has experienced some ups and downs at Chelsea.In the Blues title winning 2014/15 campaign, Hazard was phenomenal, scoring 14 goals and laying on nine assists on his way to being crowned PFA Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year. But last season was a disappointing one for Hazard as he was unable to help Chelsea mount a serious defence of their title, scoring just four goals and providing three assists.In the same period of time, Griezmann was much more consistent, scoring 22 league goals both last season and the season before. However, even with Hazards dip in form, he was still able to create more goals for team-mates than the Frenchman, racking up a total of 12 assists since the summer of 2014 to the Atleti mans seven. Hazard has scored twice in the Premier League so far this season And Hazard also dwarfs Griezmann when it comes to chances created, with 177 to 84.The former Lille attacking midfielder is well known for his dribbling skills and his take-on success bests both Griezmann and Martial by some margin. Hazard managed to dribble past his opponent on 65 per cent of his attempts - better than Griezmanns 45 per cent and the United mans 44 per cent.Hazard also boasts a better pass completion rate than Griezmann with 86 per cent to 78 per cent, but Simeones superstar is able to demonstrate greater shot accuracy, with 61 per cent of his efforts finding the target to the Belgians 58 per cent.Anthony Martial Martial has made four starts in the premier League for United this season Martial is a national team-mate of Griezmanns for France, but the two have yet to strike up an effective understanding on the international stage. At Euro 2016, Martial was dropped from the team as the former Real Sociedad man was moved to a more central position - the switch coincided with Didier Deschamps men finding their form and progressing to the final.Martial has featured predominantly on the left wing since signing for United from Monaco in the summer of 2015, but the 20-year-old told Sky Sports in March that he sees his future in a more central role.I just want to help the team, and when I score I am happier, I am a striker and thats how it goes, he said.So with that in mind, Griezmanns potential arrival at Old Trafford may block Martials path to his favoured position. Anthony Martial came of the bench to score his first goal of the season against Stoke Since the beginning of the 2014-15 campaign, Martial has scored 21 goals in 75 appearances between Monaco and Manchester United, a figure some way short of Griezmanns 50. The United youngster also created fewer chances (55 to 84) and has a lower shot accuracy (50 per cent to 61 per cent) than his international colleague.But the two mens take-on success rate is almost identical, with Martial completing just one per cent fewer dribbles than Griezmann, and its a dead heat when it comes to pass accuracy with both players finding a team-mate with 78 per cent of their passes.And, despite creating fewer chances than Griezmann, Martial has provided two more assists. Also See: Transfer Centre Latest transfer news Transfer betting Paper Talk DeSean Jackson Womens Jersey .ca. The NHL Play of the Year showdown kicks off with some slick moves going head-to-head with a combination of soft hands and endless patience. Nick Foles Eagles Jersey . J.J. Hardy drove in a run for the Orioles, who bounced back from an 8-4 loss in the series opener on Friday. Fresh off the 15-day disabled list, Derrek Lee went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. 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"His 20 years of NHL experience including seven as team captain, his role as NHLPA President, community leader and businessman offers a very special skill set; one that will positively shape the direction of this club in the future." Speaking on the succession plan for replacing Mike Gillis, who was dismissed as general manager on Tuesday, Linden said that he has a multitude of options to explore and has already begun looking. "Thats a process that I have to thoroughly evaluate," Linden said when asked about the GM search. "We will do a general manager search from both within and outside our organization." With only three games remaining in the regular season, the Canucks announced that Gillis was fired after the team was officially eliminated from postseason contention. The Canucks were also eliminated in the first round in each of the last two seasons after falling one win short of a Stanley Cup in 2011. "I have a profile of a general manager that I would like," Linden said Wednesday. "Now its about putting a candidate list together. Thats a critical path." He would add that he will operate with "full autonomy" as Canucks president and will make all decisions on hockey operations. Linden also expressed his intention to have a new general manager in place by the 2014 NHL Draft, scheduled for June 27-28 in Philadelphia. Under first-year head coach John Tortorella, they sit 11th in the Western Conference. And as for Tortorellas future with the Canucks, Linden said theres no hurry to decide. "Any sort of coachinng decision will be made in due time, after a thorough evaluation," he said at Wednesdays introductory news conference.dddddddddddd Aquilini elaborated on the need for a new man at the top of the Canucks hockey department. "We came from within one game of winning a Stanley Cup [in 2011], and it was time for a change," he said. Aquilini added that he would not stop short of pointing the finger at his recently-dismissed GM and his current coach. ""Mike (Gillis) hired Tortorella and Im responsible for that and thats why we have a change in direction today," he explained. Linden would not offer up any theories as to what led to the Canucks failure to make the playoffs this season, but pointed to the timing of the decision as beneficial to getting answers. Linden said hed use this coming week to talk to coaches and players and conduct a "thorough review" of the season. "Ill reserve comment until I have more detail," Linden concluded. Gillis came to the organization in April of 2008, taking over for the fired Dave Nonis. He turned a club which had missed out on the postseason in two of the previous three seasons and built them back up into a contender, snagging five straight playoff berths, five Northwest Division titles and two straight Presidents Trophies (2011, 2012). "On behalf of my entire family, I would like to sincerely thank Mike Gillis for his hard work and the many contributions he made on and off the ice during his tenure," said Aquilini in a statement on Tuesday. "The Vancouver Canucks had success under Mikes leadership, and we nearly reached our ultimate goal; but I believe we have reached a point where a change in leadership and new voice is needed. "I also want to thank our fans for their support for the Vancouver Canucks through a difficult and frustrating season," continued Aquilini. "We havent met their expectations or ours. We are committed to bringing the Stanley Cup to Vancouver for our fans and we will continue to do everything possible to reach that goal." Linden played 16 seasons with the Canucks and is the franchise leader in games played. As team captain from 1991 to 1997, he helped lead the Canucks to their second-ever appearance in the Stanley Cup final in 1994. ' ' '