Manchester United are leading Liverpool in the chase to sign Atletico Madrid centre-back Jose Maria Gimenez, reports AS.
Both Premier League clubs want Gimenez to bolster their defence and they have informed the player’s representatives of their interest in his situation.
Gimenez has slipped down the defensive pecking order at Atleti and wants to play more. The Uruguayan’s buyout clause is set at €45m.
Despite being touted as the long-term replacement for compatriot Diego Godin, Gimenez has often found himself behind Stefan Savic and Lucas Hernandez in team selections this campaign, prompting rumours he will seek first-team opportunities elsewhere.
— AS (@diarioas) March 23, 2017
AS claims that both Manchester United and Liverpool are ready to take advantage of the situation to lure him to the Premier League ahead of next season.
Furthermore, AS suggests that Atletico Madrid would be open to part ways with the defender if their current Fifa transfer embargo is lifted. Yet, if Gimenez leaves, they would need to sign another centre-back to fill the gap and have already identified a potential candidate in Sao Paulo youngster Lyanco Vojnovic