Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly considering making a move for Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez.
Mourinho is said to see Gimenez as his primary target once the market re-opens in January and is ready to launch a £40 million pound bid in an attempt to lure Gimenez to Old Trafford.
Atletico are desperate to keep hold of Gimenez but would be willing to sell their star defender should they receive a substantial offer for the player.
Gimenez’s future at Atletico is heavily dependent on whether Diego Simone remains at the club. The Argentine has played a key role in Gimenez’s development at the club and should he leave the Vincente Calderon the defender may then follow.
The 21-year-old joined Atletico back in April 2013 and has since gone on to become an integral part of Diego Simone’s side. Gimenez superb tackling combined with his excellent reading of the game makes him one of the finest defenders in European football and is a player who would undoubtedly strengthen Manchester United’s backline.
Defence has remained of the key areas on the field which Mourinho has yet to fully address at Old Trafford. The arrival of Eric Bailly from Villarreal over the summer went some way to fixing the matter but there remains a much bigger issue alongside the Ivorian at the heart of United’s defence and in signing Gimenez he would be more importantly an improvement to what the Portuguese already has.
If Mourinho is to take Manchester United back to the top he can simply not afford to have a vulnerable defence. Individual errors at the back have already cost the club crucial points in the early stages of the campaign thus far but should the new United boss manage to bring Gimenez through the door in January his signing could go a long way to helping Mournho bring the premier league title back to Old Trafford for the first time since 2013.