Premier League rivals Manchester United and Arsenal have both been handed a boost in their chase for Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez as, according to reports from Mail Online, the Champions League semi-finalists may be willing to compromise on his release clause.
Both Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger will be busy this summer as they look to press on with their respective overhauls of playing staff. The United boss, who began his process last summer, will be looking to build on the additions made a year ago whilst his long-time adversary in north London is under pressure to deliver an unprecedented summer of business after a well below par season.
Both clubs are chasing a deal for Atleti defender Gimenez, who has a reported release clause of £56m – a price which would make him the world’s most expensive defender. However, as per the report, Diego Simone’s side would be willing to compromise on the fee for the 22-year-old.
A deal for the Uruguayan has been sought after by both sides for over a year, with Gunners boss Wenger more publicly chasing a £40m deal last summer, although nothing materialised.
It’s a tough question to ask. Having missed out on a deal last summer, the north Londoners moved in on German alternative Shkodran Mustafi, who is now a first team regular at The Emirates, meaning game time may be harder to come by should a move come about for Gimenez this year.
His place under Wenger would largely be determined on whether or not the Frenchman sticks with the back three currently being deployed, as you would fancy the Atleti man to make it in said three over Englishman Rob Holding.
Whilst there are complications at The Emirates, it seems a move to Old Trafford may be more simply for the centre-half. Having singed Eric Bailly last summer, Mourinho has still remained adamant that his back line needs improving, meaning Gimenez would more than likely slot straight in ahead of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.