Spanish giants Real Madrid are already looking for reinforcements to bolster their squad for next season and have earmarked centre-half as a priority position to improve in the summer.
Hence, they are eyeing an audacious move for Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez.
Gimenez is a crucial member of the backline at Vicente Calderon and the departures of Miranda to Inter Milan and Toby Alderweireld to Tottenham brought him to the limelight under Diego Simeone.
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IMPRESSIVE SHOW EARNS ADMIRATION
His admirable performances has repaid the faith shown in him by the Argentine boss and as a result, has now attracted several heavyweights across Europe.
The Galacticos are reportedly set to activate the release clause in the Uruguayan’s contract believed to be £51.3 million [€65 million], according to Marca.
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Pepe is approaching the twilight of his career while Sergio Ramos has been sidelined with various injuries, impeding him from being a regular at the heart of the defence. That has resulted in the La Liga club struggling to compete with the likes of Barcelona as well as their city rivals Atletico.
Gimenez joined the Rojiblancos from Danubio back in 2013 for €1 million and has since increased his value every season with his impressive development.
TIME ON HIS SIDE
The 21-year-old will undoubtedly develop further over the next few years but he has to decide whether he sees his future at the Spanish capital or elsewhere.
Gimenez has formed arguably one the best defensive pairings with compatriot Diego Godin and extending their partnership would benefit both club and country in the long run.
Amidst interest from the Premier League at the turn of the year, Atletico extended his contract till 2018 and inserted the hefty buy-out clause to ensure they receive a fair deal for their prized asset, as per Mirror.
Astute at playing as a centre-back, Gimenez can also operate as an occasional right-back - adding another strength to his repertoire.
La Liga is currently led by Barcelona with 76 points, with Atletico Madrid in second and Zinedine Zidane’s men at third, with ten points splitting the three.
Real Madrid travel to Catalonia on Saturday to face their arch-rivals Barcelona, although the outcome of the clash will make little difference to the title race.