Manchester City Boss Pep Guardiola is in the market to bolster his defensive unit before the end of the transfer window which is likely to come to an end very soon.
City club management have made an offer of €89m rejected but was seriously rejected by Atletico Madrid club management for their defender Jose Gimenez.
Football Analyst believes that Pep Guardiola has identified his defence as an area for improvement last season and he is in this transfer window to make adjustment which had lead to the signing of humble Nathan Ake from Bournemouth for a reported fee of £40m.
Although Guardiola wants more reinforcements to perfect his defence backline with a world-class starting defender on his wishlist to reportedly play alongside Aymeric Laporte before the end of the transfer window.
Before the season start it was noted that Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly has been the player currently linked with filling the hole in City’s defence, but Napoli’s asking price combined with the ivorian current age have led to Guardiola looking elsewhere for a solution.
Atletic Madrid defender Gimenez is the latest player City is in line for but according to media report they have already had two bids turned down for the Uruguayan which club management is seeing as too expensive right now.
Looking at last week when a €70m offer was rejected by Atletico which was subsequently increased to €89m also turned down by Atletico Madrid saying that the player have other condition that must be met.
Although it must be noted that City’s latest negotiation included a number of performance-based bonuses, but Atletico are very reluctant to it saying that if Gimenez is to leave the club it will be after his €120m release clause is is honoured by Manchester City.
Football Scout are saying that Gimenez is not pushing for the move, but will be happy to speak to City should Atletico agree on a fee for the deal to pass.
Previous season, it was noted that Manchester City and Atletico found themselves in a similar position surrounding the transfer of Rodri, which was eventually agreed when the €70m release clause was triggered.