Man City make £87m ‘formal offer’ for Atletico defender

Man City make £87m ‘formal offer’ for Atletico defender

Date published: Monday 14th September 2020 12:55

Man City have launched a huge bid to sign Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez, according to a report.

Gimenez has been among the best defenders in Europe in recent seasons, impressing under Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid.

The Uruguayan missed much of last season through injury – only making 19 LaLiga starts – but is a key part of Simeone’s defence when fit.

Premier League winners and losers is back…

The 25-year-old – previously linked to Man Utd, Chelsea and Liverpool – has a buyout clause of €120m which nobody has been prepared to pay.

However, Man City – who have already forked out £41m to bring Nathan Ake to the Etihad Stadium from Bournemouth – have made a €94m (£87m) bid for Gimenez as they look to improve their defence further, according to Spanish publication AS.

The report claims that the Citizens have put €89m on the table plus another €5m in add-ons as they look to secure Gimenez this summer.

Pep Guardiola still sees central defence as City’s ‘main handicap’ despite bringing in Ake and the huge offer is likely ‘to make’ Atletico CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin ‘think about it’ due to the current economic situation.

Gimenez is currently content at Atletico but the report adds that ‘the offer that City makes him is very good’.

XL subscribe to our newsletter banner

Get the latest news and advice on COVID-19, direct from the experts in your inbox. Join hundreds of thousands who trust experts by subscribing to our newsletter.

Send your news and stories to us or and WhatsApp: +447747873668.

Before you go...

Democratic norms are being stress-tested all over the world, and the past few years have thrown up all kinds of questions we didn't know needed clarifying – how long is too long for a parliamentary prorogation? How far should politicians be allowed to intervene in court cases? To monitor these issues as closely as we have in the past we need your support, so please consider donating to The Climax News Room.