Despite spending over £150 million in the summer transfer window, many Manchester United fans and neutrals alike feel the Red devils should have signed another centre back. And the failure to sign a centre back last summer is beginning to affect the team already.
Eric Bailly who was signed from Villareal last summer has slotted in well in the centre of defence alongside Daley Blind. However, aside those two, United cannot boast of any other reliable centre back in the team. Chris Smalling has either been injured or making one school boy error to the other ( a case in point is the game against Chelsea ).
The injury to Bailly is already affecting United and he is still going to be out till December. A further prove that Mourinho and the decision makers at United should have ensured the club signed another centre back after Bailly.
It however appears Jose Mourinho is ready to recorrect this problem once the January transfer window is flagged open. According to reports, Jose Mourinho is planning a $61m or £50m move for Atletico Madrid youngster Jose Gimenez. The highly rated youngster has been one of Atletico Madrid’s best players in the last two seasons. He has formed a rock solid partnership with Diego Godin ( who himself has been linked with a move to United ) in the centre of Atletic’s defence.
It is obvious Manchester United have been scouting Atletico Madrid players. Initial rumour was that the club has an eye on Antonio Griezmann, could it then be that while scouting Griezmann and Diego Godin and Joao Miranda before them United scouts were left impressed with the performance of Jose Gimenez?
The young Uruguayan is certainly a quality defender. Not yet world class but has all the qualities to become a world class centre back. Although Atletico Madrid are unlikely to be willing sellers, the fact that the player reportedly has a release clause puts them in a difficult position which means should Mourinho really want the player, it will be left for United to trigger his release clause and wait for the player to make a decision.