Arsenal face strong competition for the Atletico Madrid starlet, Jose Giminez, this January. According to ESPN, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is keen to add the centre back to his squad following the injuries to Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling.
Giminez’s rise to the Atletico first team has stalled with Diego Simeone omitting the Uruguayan international from the first XI this season.
The 21 year-old is viewed as one of the rising stars of La Liga and his omission has raised alerted clubs interested in securing his services.
Giminez was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates last summer as Arsenal cast a wide net to replace the injured Per Mertesacker. Arsène Wenger eventually settled on the experienced German international Shkodran Mustafi.
The £35m signing from Valencia has settled in well in the centre of the Gunners defence and forged an impressive partnership with Laurent Koscielny. Arsenal’s interest in Giminez has cooled a little following this.
However, both Wenger and Mourinho would be willing to take the youngster if he was available. Both had inquiries for Diego Godin thoroughly rejected in the summer leading to the interest in Giminez.
There’s some suggestion that Giminez suffered a personality clash with the combustible Simeone which makes a move to Old Trafford hard to see. Unless the Uruguayan takes a punt that the self-confessed ‘Specialist in Failure’ will be sacked by the end of next season. Twelve months of Mourinho – and the boorish Wayne Rooney – is just about all that anyone can manage, surely?
If Arsenal do go for Giminez, it’s a sure sign that Gabriel’s time at the Emirates is drawing to a close. The Brazilian has been unable to force his way into the starting line-up, his international aspirations are thwarted.
Equally, a new arrival will raise questions over Calum Chambers. At Middlesbrough on loan this season, the centre back is keen to secure first team football on a regular basis. Will he make the grade at Arsenal?