Following the departure of club legend Sergio Aguero and a Champions League final defeat to Chelsea, rumours of a new striker arriving at Manchester City ahead of next season have been circulating for months.

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is a target for Man City in this summer's transfer window, but recent rumours suggest that Barcelona striker Antoine Griezmann could be available, who would be a viable alternative should Spurs block City's pursuit of Kane.

The French international has registered 35 goals and 17 assists in 99 games for Barcelona since he joined in the summer of 2019 from Atletico Madrid, but is reportedly available for transfer due to the Catalan club's well-known financial issues.

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His high work rate, versatility, and creative ability could be strengths that entice Guardiola towards his signature, with the Spanish manager often opting for a false-nine formation over the course of last season, rather than starting with a recognised striker.

So, what would happen if Man City were to sign Griezmann this summer? Could he fill Aguero's shoes and help the Citizens secure the biggest trophies?

This is what happened ...

Antoine Griezmann 'signs' for Manchester City in the summer transfer window

To set up the simulation, we started up the Football Manager 2021 and had Griezmann officially sign for City from Barcelona on July 1st 2021.

This is what the French international's Football Manager 2021 profile looked like as of July 2021.

Antoine Griezmann FM21 in-game profile as of July 2021
Antoine Griezmann FM21 in-game profile as of July 2021

Griezmann's first season in sky blue was a massive success, with the striker proving himself as one of the best attackers in the world.

The 30-year-old made 50 appearances in all competitions for City, scoring 23 goals and grabbing eight assists in that time.

Griezmann's stats from the 2021/22 season simulation
Griezmann's stats from the 2021/22 season simulation

With Aguero gone and Gabriel Jesus struggling to find his form, the path was paved for Griezmann to take every chance he could for City.

The Frenchman gained a reputation as a big-game player in this simulation as he found the back of the net three times against Liverpool, three times against Chelsea, and twice against Manchester United.

At the end of the season, FM21 generated the best XI for Man City based on a number of key metrics, and Griezmann led the line for Guardiola's side as one of the standout players.

Griezmann featured in Man City's strongest XI in 2021/22
Griezmann featured in Man City's strongest XI from 2021/22

Overall, this was Manchester City's best performing eleven in the simulated 2021/22 season; Ederson, Cancelo, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko, Rodri, De Bruyne, Foden, Sterling, Silva, Griezmann.

Despite Griezmann's impact on the squad, he wasn't able to help City to a second consecutive Premier League trophy as they finished second in the league, seven points behind Manchester United who claimed their first league title since the 2012/13 campaign, with Jadon Sancho playing a starring role.

FM21 predicts MAnchester City could finish second in the Premier League next season.
FM21 predicts MAnchester City could finish second in the Premier League next season.

No league title, but silverware was still won at the end of the season for City, including a historic victory for the club.

Griezmann's eight goals in the Champions League helped City make it all the way to the final of the competition where they would face Paris Saint-Germain.

Two goals from Kevin De Bruyne and a Bernardo Silva goal saw City cruise to a 3-0 victory in the final - crowning Man City as the champions of Europe for the first time ever.

The simulation predicted that City would be victorious in the Champions League and Carabao Cup
The simulation predicted that City would be victorious in the Champions League and Carabao Cup

City suffered a shock defeat to Fulham as they crashed out of the FA Cup in the fourth round, but there was still a domestic success as Guardiola's side won the Carabao Cup for the fifth consecutive year, with Griezmann grabbing a goal in 3-1 win over Leicester City.

Overall, FM21 predicted that Griezmann would be a successful signing if Manchester City were to bring in the player ahead next season.

The Frenchman's big-game tendency could give City that cutting edge in front of goal that they were missing, which could help them go one better than last season and become the champions of Europe for the first time in their history.