According to Spanish outlet AS, Manchester City have started negotiations with Atletico Madrid over Jose Gimenez.

They report that City are willing to pay 89 million euros plus an extra five in add-ons (£82.2 million plus £4.6 million).

Gimenez, 25, reportedly has a 120 million euros release clause (£110.1 million), which would be a British record transfer.

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The enormous figures involve underline City’s need for a new central defender this summer.

They’ve already signed Nathan Ake, but given he’s a left-footed option, he’ll likely be cover for Aymeric Laporte. They need a new right-footer.

Kalidou Koulibaly has been linked, but Football Italia claim time is running out for potential suitors.

 

His asking price is apparently 75 million euros – minimum – which is £69.2 million.

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Koulibaly is four years older than Gimenez, which will also play a part in City’s thinking.

They need a solution who can play for the next eight to ten years. Koulibaly’s age is a concern, and in this writer’s view, Gimenez is the superior defender.

He has had an outstanding defensive education under Diego Simeone at Atletico and still has plenty of time to improve.

The money is a big stumbling block, but City activated Rodri’s release clause last summer and may end up doing the same thing with Gimenez this time around.

It would be more worthwhile than an expensive swoop for Koulibaly.

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