Guillem Balague claims Jose Maria Gimenez won't be joining Arsenal due to £56m release clause

Atletico Madrid's Jose Maria Gimenez celebrates his goal

Arsenal target Jose Maria Gimenez allegedly has a £56m release clause in his contract.

Atletico Madrid's Jose Maria Gimenez celebrates his goalAtletico Madrid's Jose Maria Gimenez celebrates

Sky Sports' Guillem Balague has taken to Twitter to claim that Atletico Madrid defender Jose Maria Gimenez is highly unlikely to sign for Arsenal this summer.

The Gunners need to bring in a new centre-back, as both Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista are currently out injured, whilst Laurent Koscielny's extended rest after Euro 2016 meant that youngsters Rob Holding and Calum Chambers were forced to start against Liverpool last weekend.

Atletico Madrid's Jose Maria Gimenez looks dejected at the end of the matchAtletico Madrid's Jose Maria Gimenez looks dejected

The 4-3 defeat in that game showed that Arsene Wenger must bring in another defender before this month's transfer deadline, and whilst a number of names have been linked with the club, a new target appears to be Atletico Madrid star Jose Maria Gimenez.

A report from the Daily Mail earlier this week claimed that the Gunners had opened talks with Atletico Madrid over a possible deal to land their Uruguayan international centre-back Gimenez.

Barcelona's Luis Suarez and Atletico Madrid's Jose Maria Gimenez  in action during match.Barcelona's Luis Suarez and Atletico Madrid's Jose Maria Gimenez in action

Gimenez, 21, joined Atleti from Danubio back in 2013, despite having only made 16 appearances for the Uruguayan side - and he's become a key player for Atleti ever since.

With more than 60 appearances for Atleti over the last two seasons, Gimenez has become one of the top young defenders in the world, striking up a formidable partnership with his compatriot and international team-mate Diego Godin with Atletico.

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Arsenal fans were understandably excited about the possibility of snapping up one of the top young centre-backs around, but their hopes have been dashed by Sky Sports' La Liga expert Guillem Balague.

Balague took to Twitter earlier today to state that Gimenez will stay at Atletico, and the La Liga giants aren't even worried about the possibility of him leaving because they don't think Arsenal will meet his €65m (£56m) release clause - meaning Wenger may have to turn his attentions elsewhere.

 

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