Chelsea in the hunt to sign €70m-rated La Liga centre-back

The London giants are reportedly planning a transfer for Atletico Madrid centre-back Jose Maria Gimenez. Chelsea improved their options at the back-line during the summer window by adding Thiago Silva. Brazil international has been in good form recently, but the Blues still need to sign a younger successor

Uruguay international is the footballer London giants officials are looking at. Jose Maria is a solid defender who is an important part of Diego Simeone’s side at the Wanda Metropolitano. At 25-years-old, Gimenez could provide coach Frank Lampard with a long term solution in the back-line.

It’s thought that the 25-year-old defender would form a good partnership with Silva, replacing Kurt Zouma. Since signing for La Liga giants in 2013, the centre-back has proven himself to be one of the best defenders in Spain. He’s played almost 200 games for the Los Rojiblancos and helped them to win the UEL in the 2017/18 campaign.

His importance to Diego means he wouldn’t come cheap, however. Blues would have to fork out a big sum to prise the defender away from Atletico Madrid. Joe has been linked with a move to the PL in the past. Both Red Devils and Man City have recently been touted with moves for Gimenez, although they eventually signed alternative defenders.

If the Blues don’t sign the Uruguayan centre-back then Bayern Munich’s David Alaba could be a cheaper option. The versatile footballer is out of deal in June which means he can talk to interested clubs in winter. According to recent reports, his agent is currently trying to maneuver a transfer to London club for the footballer.