Arsenal’s defensive ranks have been put under the microscope recently after a shoddy Carabao Cup final showing and in order to strengthen the base of the north-Londoners’ spine in the summer, it’s emerged – according to a report published by Spanish outlet El Gol Digital (via Sportslens) – that Atletico Madrid’s Jose Giminez is supposedly on the club’s transfer radar.
After previously falling down the pecking order at Atleti, Giminez has managed to break back into the starting fold and if the Gunners are to snag his flourishing services in preparation for the 2018-19 campaign, they’ll have to meet the lofty £57.3m release clause in his current contract.
The 23-year-old would offer Arsenal security given the centre-half’s age, although it’s believed that any proposed deal could be hindered by Arsene Wenger’s future at the Emirates as the French tactician’s future is shrouded with notable uncertainty.
Giminez moved to Atletico in 2013 after beginning his career at Uruguayan Primera outfit Danubio FC, where he made his professional debut in November 2012, and since jumping to La Liga the developing centre-back has become a true prospect of the modern game.
Having made his international bow for Uruguay in a World Cup qualifier against Colombia in 2013, Giminez has established himself as a reliable servant to his country and at 19-year-old he became the youngest participant for his country at a major tournament after being named La Celeste’s squad which faced England in the set-up’s second group encounter at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
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