According to the Daily Mirror, Mourinho is eyeing up a possible move for rising Atletico Madrid star Jose Gimenez.
At 21 years of age, the Uruguay starlet is one of Europe’s most coveted and best defensive prospects, and reportedly has a release clause set at £56 million.
As stated by the Daily Mirror‘s John Cross:
“The 21-year-old Uruguay star Gimenez has a £56m release clause and has been coveted by all of Europe’s top clubs
Gimenez is one of the highest-rated young players in the world
Jose Mourinho wants Manchester United to back him with a huge £50m move for Jose Gimenez.
Under-pressure United boss Mourinho has identified the Atletico Madrid centre half as his No.1 defensive target to bolster his squad at Old Trafford.
Uruguay star Gimenez, 21, has a £56m release clause and has been coveted by all of Europe’s top clubs but Mourinho believes he can help solve United’s defensive problems.
It is unlikely such a deal could be done in January and Mourinho might have to wait until next summer to get serious signings in.
But Mourinho knows his squad needs major reinforcements with defence the biggest frustration to this season’s inconsistent results.
United spent £30m on Eric Bailly but he is now out for at least two months with a knee injury and Mourinho has struggled to turn the club into serious title challengers.”
Based on his credentials, qualities and prominent stature at a major club such as Atletico, Gimenez is the real deal.
Fine tackler, great in the air, excellent reader of the game, posseses a commanding presence, great possessional sense and physique.
He has the qualities to succeed in the Premier League and seems he’d be a fine buy for any club.
With Bailly on the sidelines and the club seeming to lack another quality center-back, Gimenez seems to fit the bill.
Even though it’ll likely cost a good amount of money to acquire his services, the Uruguayan is a major prospect who will only grow in stature and quality.
So, there’s no harm in vying for him now while his stock continues to rise.
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