Report: Arsenal contacted defender Jose Gimenez twice last week

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Atletico Madrid are refusing to sell the defender unless his £56 million release clause is met however.

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

According to the Mirror, Arsenal contacted Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez twice last week about a move to the Emirates.

The Gunners are in the midst of a defensive crisis at this moment in time, with Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista both picking up injuries in pre-season.

That has forced Arsene Wenger into using young defender Rob Holding in the centre of defence, a situation that is less than ideal.

Arsenal's Rob Holding dejected after the matchArsenal's Rob Holding dejected after the match

A new signing is desperately needed, with Valencia’s Shkodran Mustasfi appearing to be the man they are targeting.

However, it transpires they have already made a move for another La Liga centre back, Atletico Madrid star Jose Gimenez.

According to the Mirror, they contact the defender twice last week and offered him a significant improvement on his current wage packet.

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 during match.

Unfortunately for them, a move is not going to happen as Diego Simeone’s side are refusing to sell the player.

The newspaper is reporting that they will not sanction a sale unless the player’s minimum fee release clause of £56 million is met, a price Arsenal are presumably not going to pay.

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

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