Man City ‘surprised’ by reports club have tabled bid for Jose Gimenez

Man City linked with Gimenez

It’s been clear for some time now that Manchester City are in the market for a right-sided centre-back.

The club did recently signe Nathan Ake, but the left-footed Dutchman will likely be utilised as backup to Aymeric Laporte.

This leaves John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi and Javi Garcia (who is set to leave within the next 12 months) to partner Laporte.

As a result, City are, unsurprisingly, being linked with a host of other right-footed stoppers ahead of the close of the transfer window.

So far, all of Kalidou Koulibaly, Jules Kounde, Diego Carlos and Jose Gimenez have been tipped for an Etihad switch.

Recent reports regarding the latter of this quartet suggested that City had not tabled a bid for Gimenez, as Atletico Madrid continued to point towards their star defender’s massive £109m release clause:

Man City ‘surprised’ by Gimenez bid claims

Despite such claims, though, Atletico Madrid’s president recently revealed that City did in fact make an offer for the Uruguayan.

Speaking on El Transistor podcast, Enrique Cerezo assured that Man City had proposed €85m for Gimenez:

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

Quotes via Goal.

However, further reports stemming from England on Thursday suggest that Cerezo’s comments may not have been entirely truthful.

According to the Sun’s Martin Blackburn, Man City are surprised by claims that they offered up £78m for Gimenez.

Blackburn adds that the Citizens are interested in the Atletico stopper, but have not yet tabled a bid:

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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