Manchester City receive a major set back in their quest to sign one of La Liga’s best central-defenders this summer

After spending 41 million pounds on Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake in August, Manchester City set their sights on their next signing as they look forward to reinforcing their defense by adding Atletico Madrid’s Jose Gimenez to their backline.  The Sky Blues are willing to pay 87 million pounds to acquire the Uruguayan’s services, but sources suggest that the club will have to meet the release clause worth 110 million pounds if they are to sign Gimenez.

Atlético Madrid is against the idea to sell the Uruguayan as he is considered to be an integral part of Diego Simeone’s side, however, a move could be on the cards if Guardiola’s side can trigger the release clause. Although the current offer of 87 million pounds could make Atletico Madrid’s president Angel Gil Marín think twice before rejecting the offer as the club could potential recover a significant amount of money that was lost during the on-going pandemic.

However, it is understood that the English side will not be opting to pay a hefty price for the 25-year-old defender and are also maintaining close tabs on cheaper alternatives such as Kalidou Koulibaly who is looking for a move away from Naples, according to reports.

Since his arrival in Manchester, Pep Guardiola has managed to spend over 300 million euros to build a back-four that meets his style of play. However, the club has failed to perform in Europe’s elite competition after being knocked out consecutively since Pep’s takeover. The former Barcelona manager is once again willing to spend a significant amount to refortify his backline, hopefully, this time the Spaniard could go on to win the Champions League as well.

 The English club will continue to pursue a number of options before the transfer market closes on October 5th and are optimistic about adding another defensive talent to the team. 

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