Arsenal And Real Madrid Battle It Out To Sign £53m Atletico Madrid Defender

Arsenal have been linked with a £53m move for Atletico Madrid's Jose Gimenez as they bid to add quality to their shaky defence, although they could be trumped by Champions League winners Real Madrid.

According to Spanish newspaper Marca, Arsenal are interested in the Uruguay international and are ready to activate the £53m release clause in his contract, although Real are also reported to be keen and appear to hold all of the aces as they look to snap up the 23-year-old from their cross-city rivals.

Jose Gimenez To Sign For Arsenal Or Real Madrid

Despite a long held dream to play in the Premier League, the lure of Champions League football and the prospect of another season in La Liga may well prove to be too much for Gimenez to ignore as he weighs up his options following four successful years with Atletico.

Gimenez started his career with Danubio in his homeland before he joined Atletico for €900,000 in April 2013 and he has gone from strength-to-strength, making 41 appearances for Uruguay since making his debut for the national side in September 2013.

The no-nonsense defender endured a frustrating campaign with Atletico last season as niggling injuries limited him to 23 La Liga appearances, although he regained full fitness to play an influential role in Atletico's run to Europa League glory, which included an aggregate win over Arsenal in the semi-finals.

Gimenez would appear to be a perfect option for Arsenal but they can only offer another season of Europa League football after finishing sixth in the Premier League table. New Gunners boss Unai Emery, who replaced Arsene Wenger earlier this month, is keen to bring in defensive reinforcements as only two top-half teams (Everton and Leicester) conceded more goals than the 61 that Arsenal let in.

If a move for Gimenez is unsuccessful, Arsenal could yet sign Borussia Dortmund's Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos for £16m, according to The Independent.

Posted: Thursday, 31st May 2018
Author: Chris Knight

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