Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez has reportedly asked to leave the club in the January transfer window.
Gimenez who has attracted interested from Manchester United is said to be unhappy with head coach Diego Simone over the lack of game time so far this season under the Argentine and is ready to leave the Vicente Calderon in the new year.
The 21-year-old only signed a new contract at Atletico back in January but in that deal a release clause of sixty five million euros was said to have been included in the defender’s contract meaning that should United or any club for that matter meet the release clause they would be free to speak to Gimenez directly.
According to Spanish outlet Don Balon as reported by daily star Gimenez was upset at been left out of the clubs recent clash against Real Madrid at the weekend and that he now wants to leave Atletico in a bid to play regular first team football.
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 world football and is a player who would undoubtedly strengthen Manchester United’s backline.
Mourinho is fully aware that his defence needs further investment and the signing of Gimenez ( if it happens ) will go a long way to solving his defensive woes on the field for years to come considering the player still has his best years ahead of him.
There are few if any more talented young defenders in European football than Gimenez and should Mourinho manage to persuade the Uruguayan into joining up with him at United in January his signing alone could prove to be the difference in Mourinho bringing the Premier League title back to Old Trafford for the first time since 2013.