Jose Gimenez is reportedly a target for Manchester United and Jose Mourinho wants the club to shell out the required €50 million it will take to land the central defender.
The Uruguayan broke into Diego Simeone’s side two seasons ago and made 20 appearances for the club in the league that season and another 27 last year before his influence began to wain.
He was reportedly not happy with being left out of the Champions League final last year and reports emerged during the summer that he would be willing to leave the club. Nothing came of them, however, but he has started the season off poorly and has fallen behind both Stefan Savic and possibly Lucas Hernandez, when the chips are down, in Diego Simeone’s plans.
Jose Mourinho rebuilt much of Manchester United’s squad last season but he is still lacking a central defender and some other important components to make his side competitive in domestically and, therefore, in Europe in the coming years.
Gimenez is a no-nonsense defender similar to Eric Bailly in athleticism but can be prone to rash decisions and being caught out of position due to his eagerness. He can be technically competent given the right level of training but at 21 years of age is still considered a work in progress.
€50 million is a lot of money and if, in fact, Gimenez has fallen out of favour at the Vicente Calderon with the likes of the Hernandez brothers, Lucas and Theo, ready to break through along with Stefan Savic, then he might be plying his trade elsewhere in the near future.