The Gunners are desperately searching for a new centre-back following injuries to both per Mertesacker and Gabriel, which has led to links with the likes of Omer Toprak, Simon Kjaer, Fabian Schar and Marcel Tisserand.
Through this process Valencia’s Mustafi has been widely mooted as the player they want, but reports have suggested that Gimenez of Atletico has emerged as an alternative to the German, with the deal dragging on amid differences in valuation between Arsenal and Los Che.
However, MARCA have delivered what may be a fatal blow for the Londoners’ hopes of landing the 21-year-old by revealing that the Madrid heavyweights will not entertain offers for his signature, meaning that the £56m release clause in his contract will have to be triggered.
This sum would make the Uruguayan the most expensive player in Arsenal’s history, surpassing £42.5m playmaker Mesut Ozil.
Gimenez has been lauded for his fearless playing style and impressive composure.