Atletico Madrid’s Jose Gimenez Wants January Transfer, Arsenal In The Hunt

Football Soccer - Atletico Madrid v Eibar - Spanish Liga BBVA - Vicente Calderon stadium, Madrid, Spain - 06/02/16 Atletico Madrid's Jose Maria Gimenez celebrates his goal. REUTERS/Javier Barbancho - RTX25QTQ

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Uruguayan defender Jose Gimenez wants to leave Atletico over a perceived Madrid derby snub.

Manager Diego Simeone chose to pick Stefan Savic over the 21-year-old for the game against Real Madrid on Saturday, where Atletico succumbed to a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick.

Gimenez had just returned from a hamstring injury but was fit to play. However, Simeone chose to go with Savic, and the decision doesn’t seem to have gone down well with the Gimenez.

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According to reports, the Uruguay international is considering a move away from the club when the winter transfer window opens.

Manchester United and Arsenal are the frontrunners to sign the young centre-back, who has a £56m buyout clause in his contract.

With the injuries and poor form of his defenders, Jose Mourinho would be glad to have a player with the talent of Gimenez. The player has already represented Uruguay 21 times, and scored 3 goals for his country.

With Eric Bailly the only United defender who is performing on a consistent basis, Mourinho would be looking to invest on a quality defender in the January transfer window.

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Arsenal would also be on the lookout for a central defender, especially with Per Mertesacker coming to the end of his contract, and no sign yet of an extension. Even if he does renew, the Gunners would want to invest in a youngster for the future, but the hefty price tag may not sit well with manager Arsene Wenger.

Reports suggest that Arsenal would be ready to pay up to £26 million, and if that’s the case, it would be a foregone conclusion that Manchester United would win the race as they are willing to go up to £50 million.

Football Soccer - Barcelona v Atletico Madrid- Spanish Liga BBVA - Camp Nou stadium, Barcelona - 30/1/16 Atletico Madrid's Jose Maria Gimenez and Thomas Partey react after match. REUTERS/Albert Gea - RTX24PEO

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