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Atleti confirm receiving and rejecting Man City’s approach for Gimenez

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Atletico Madrid view Jose Gimenez as a key player in the team and are not interested at all in selling him, suggests Enrique Cerezo.

Manchester City endured a quite substandard 2019/20, losing the Premier League title to Liverpool by a huge margin and getting knocked out of the Champions League at the quarter-finals stage.

A huge share of the blame for Man City’s horrible season goes to their unstable defense.

It is understood that, therefore, Pep Guardiola has made strengthening his back-line a priority this summer.

Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly is reportedly the Sky Blues’ no.1 target, though the two clubs remain apart on their valuation of the player despite being in negotiations for several weeks now.

Atletico Madrid’s Jose Gimenez then emerged as a target for the Manchester-based team in recent weeks. AS reported that City submitted an €89 million bid for Gimenez but it was turned down by Atleti.

President Enrique Cerezo confirmed the news recently while explaining that the Uruguayan center-back is too valuable for the team.

“We did receive the offer,” Cerezo told El Transistor. “But Gimenez is a magnificent player and we are interested in having magnificent players in the team.”

Gimenez joined Atleti from Uruguayan club Danubio in the summer of 2013. He has since become a reliable player under Diego Simeone.