In today’s transfer news, Arsenal are in the race to sign Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez, according to The Sun. The Gunners are understood to be keen to sign the young centre back to the Emirates and for that they will have to rival Manchester United, as Jose Mourinho is also one of his admirers and wants him to land at Old Trafford.
Gimenez, the 21 year old Uruguayan international, is one of the promising aspects of La Liga right now, as his partnership with Diego Godin for both club and country has prospered with the time. The young defender may be a subject when the window opens, but according to sources, the Uruguayan is preferring a move to Arsenal, rather than joining the Red Devils. It’s noted that Gimenez has a hefty release clause of £54 million in his current contract at the Vicente Calderon, so the clubs will have to go big to land him.
This season for the defender has been a frustrating one, as he has just played over half an hour in the La Liga due to his injury problems. Some frequent injury problems have hindered his development into a potentially world class defender but he has time on his side. He came to Madrid from Danubio, a famous Uruguayan club and since then he has been an integral part for his club and country.
The main aspects of the defender is his reading of the game, tracking the runners, blocking and his dominant presence in the air. He is someone who loves to dribble with the ball and that is something which is necessary to get you out of trouble from the back. For Arsenal, landing Gimenez will be a huge coup.
Arsenal, though, don’t require a defender immediately as Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny have formed a commendable partnership in their defense. But with the likes of Mertesacker being injured and Gabriel down the pecking order, their only centre back cover is Rob Holding, the teenager signed from Bolton this season.
This transfer rumour may become true if Arsene Wenger thinks of some future planning, and the Uruguayan won’t mind coming to London, if the chances arise.