Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez is interested in a summer transfer to Manchester United, according to reports.
Man United allegedly considered the 22-year-old as a possible signing in the January transfer window along with Benfica’s Victor Lindelof, but Jose Mourinho cooled interest as he was pleased with his options in Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo.
He’s only started just 16 games this season as Diego Simeone has fully backed the Champions League final partnership of Diego Godin and Stefan Savic.
Samuel Luckhurst claims his contract expires next summer but it is said to include a £56million buyout clause that Man United would be reluctant to pay, especially as he only has a year left on his current deal.
Gimenez’s contract expires next summer but it features a £56million buyout clause United would be reluctant to pay, given the Uruguay international would have just a year left on his deal.
Mourinho is expected to sign another central defender in the summer following the arrival of Eric Bailly from Villarreal last year, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones have performed well, but Chris Smalling has looked like a liability and the Portuguese boss will be looking to lock down a starting back four.
Continuously switching around his team doesn’t allow for any consistency and while he does have to rotate the squad as United endure a busy schedule of fixtures, he’ll want to sign someone that he can rely on more often.