ARSENAL have reportedly given up on Lazio’s Stefan De Vrij and are as a substitute stated to be focusing on Atletico Madrid’s Jose Gimenez.
Sports activities Illustrated claims Arsene Wenger has admitted defeat in his pursuit of 26-year-old contract insurgent De Vrij, who is offered on a free switch this summer season.
The Netherlands worldwide is believed to be closing in on a transfer to Liverpool, seeing him hyperlink up with compatriot Virgil van Dijk.
However Arsenal are decided so as to add a high centre-back to their ranks and have now earmarked Gimenez as the person for the job.
Atletico’s 23-year-old Uruguayan is again within the beginning XI after a spell on the bench and has appeared sharp beneath Diego Simeone.
Arsenal wish to land an appropriate substitute for Per Mertesacker, who’s retiring on the finish of the season.
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Gamers out of contract this summer season
Emre Can (Liverpool)
Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
Luke Shaw (Man Utd)
Marouane Fellaini (Man Utd)
Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Man Utd)
Ashley Younger (Man Utd)
Yaya Toure (Man Metropolis)
Juanfran (Atletico Madrid)
Achraf Hakimi (Actual Madrid)
Fernando Torres (Atletico Madrid)
Stefan De Vrij (Lazio)
Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus)
Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)
Stephan Lichsteiner (Juventus)
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)
Andrea Barzagli (Juventus)
Pepe Reina (Napoli)
Davide Santon (Inter Milan)
Max Meyer (Schalke)
Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)
Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)
Rafinha (Bayern Munich)
Mario Balotelli (Good)
Joao Moutinho (Monaco)
Hatem Ben Arfa (PSG)
And Gimenez suits the invoice completely, though the Gunners could need to dig deep to safe his signature.
The report provides Gimenez might value upwards of £57million, which is identical value Manchester Metropolis paid for Athletic Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte.
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Atletico are beneath no strain to promote after cashing in on Nico Gaitan and Yannick Carrasco’s strikes to China.
And with star goalkeeper Jan Oblak signing a brand new contract, Gimenez could but to resolve to remain put on the Wanda Metropolitano.