Chelsea keep a close eye on €60m-rated South American defender
Blues have switched their No.1 defender target to Jose Gimenez after failing in their efforts to reach a deal with West Ham United for Declan Rice. Negotiations regarding the England international have now stalled, with Blues unable to get West Ham United to budge from their £80m valuation for the 21-year-old.
It’s even suggested that Chelsea offered one or more of Fikayo Tomori, Kurt Zouma and Michy Batshuayi in a players-plus-cash that ultimately failed to win over David Moyes’ side. Jose’s release clause stands at £110m, but the Blues are hoping to recruit the defender for nearly£60m.
Uruguay international has been limited to 55 games over the last two campaigns due to constant injury troubles, nonetheless, the defender has vast experience at the top level and is one of the best central defenders for his age in world football.
Chelsea will make a move for the Uruguayan once Atletico Madrid’s UCL season is over, they face Leipzig in the quarter-finals next Thursday.
Jose Maria has played 190 games for Diego Simeone’s side to date, the South American has already won 58 caps for Uruguay as well, he’s exactly the kind of option that can bolster Chelsea’s defence.
There are very few players around that are the same age as Jose Maria and can boast the same level of experience, he’s right in the mix with world-class centre-backs but has slipped slightly due to his injury woes over the last year.
The London giants conceded the most goals of any side in the top 10 this season, so solidifying the defence should be Frank Lampard’s prime focus.