Man City 'set to rival Chelsea for Atletico Madrid defender Gimenez'

First Ake, now Gimenez? Manchester City ‘set to rival Chelsea for Atletico Madrid defender this summer, but Spanish side will hold out for Uruguayan’s £110m release clause’

  • Manchester City have joined the race for Atletico Madrid’s Jose Maria Gimenez
  • The LaLiga giants will hold out until his £110million release clause is met 
  • City recently had a £41m bid accepted for Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake 
  • Chelsea are also interested in the Uruguayan defender in their spending spree 

Manchester City have joined the race with rivals Chelsea for Atletico Madrid defender Jose Maria Gimenez.

City boss Pep Guardiola is prioritising signing defenders this summer and the Uruguayan has caught he eye. However, he could face a tough battle for Gimenez – who has a release clause of £110million.

Atletico Madrid are not interested in listening to any offers lower than the defender’s release fee, with Chelsea also showing an interest, according to ESPN. 

Manchester City have joined the race for Atletico Madrid centre-back Jose Maria Gimenez

City have already had bid accepted for Nathan Ake but will have to pay £110m for Gimenez

Man City are looking to add more experience to their backline to partner up with Aymeric Laporte. They recently had a bid accepted from Bournemouth for defender Nathan Ake but Guardiola isn’t done there.

Eric Garcia has made positive strides during the second half of the season however Guardiola wants to make another marquee signing at centre-back to take the pressure off the young Spaniard as he continues to learn.

Meanwhile, John Stones has fallen way out of favour at the Etihad while Nicolas Otamendi has failed to cement his place in the starting side.

City boss Guardiola is looking at Gimenez as he plans his defensive overhaul this summer

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard believes Gimenez would add strength and experience to his back line as he looks to continue his summer spending spree.

Chelsea have already signed Hakim Ziyech from Ajax and Timo Werner from RB Leipzig and are closing in on a £90m deal for Bayer Leverkusen wonderkid Kai Havertz.

Gimenez is 25 but ESPN report that Lampard believes signing him would be ‘like signing a 30-year-old centre-back’.

Chelsea boss Lampard is also interested in signing Gimenez during summer spending spree

However, Lampard’s plans for Gimenez may be put on hold with Chelsea still unsure whether signing a central defender is a priority for this summer. 

The Blues are also hunting for a new goalkeeper, with world-record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga hoping to return to Spain after a turbulent time at Stamford Bridge.

Lampard is also hoping to sign a left-back, with eyes on Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell, Everton’s Lucas Digne and Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico.

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