Manchester United preparing move for Atletico Madrid centre-back Jose Maria Gimenez

Once again, the spotlight is firmly fixed on the crucial central defensive position, as a combination of injuries and a noticeable dip in form presents fresh challenges for Ten Hag and his team.

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Ten Hag has his sights set on a potential remedy in the shape of Jose Maria Gimenez, the defender from Atletico Madrid. Gimenez, a 28-year-old Uruguayan international, is widely recognized as one of the globe’s premier central defenders when operating at the peak of his capabilities.

However, his career has been marred by a persistent injury issue, preventing him from featuring in more than 28 LaLiga matches in any single season.

Boasting an impressive track record, Jose Maria Gimenez has appeared in 203 games for Atletico, notching up an admirable tally of six goals along the way.

Currently, his market value, as assessed by, stands at a substantial €35 million.

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A potential acquisition of Gimenez by Manchester United presents a classic example of a high-risk, high-reward scenario. This undertaking is further complicated by the fact that Gimenez has recently penned a fresh contract with Atletico Madrid.

Atletico, with Gimenez locked in until 2028, finds itself in a more commanding bargaining position. Nevertheless, reports suggest that a bid in the vicinity of €40 million could be sufficient to sway the negotiations in Manchester United’s favor.

Jose Maria Gimenez

The pursuit of Gimenez underscores Manchester United’s unwavering resolve to fortify its central defensive options. Given the recurring injury concerns and inconsistent performances within the current squad, Gimenez emerges as a prospective solution, provided he can steer clear of fitness setbacks.

As the transfer discussions gather momentum, the footballing world watches with keen interest to discern whether Manchester United’s calculated gamble on Gimenez, an undeniably quality player, will ultimately yield the desired outcomes or if the complications tied to his recent contract extension will prove insurmountable.

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Enzo Cattaneo

Naples-born Enzo Cattaneo has spent more than a decade living in Madrid and writing about Spanish football, German football and the Premier League for various Spanish football websites and now he writes about World football for World Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers and rumours pretty much nonstop since the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea.

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