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According to Spanish media, North London giants Arsenal will lose out to La Liga giants Real Madrid in the race to land Atletico Madrid star Jose Gimenez.
Spanish media publication Marca, as cited by talkSPORT, is claiming that the Gunners are keen on a potential deal to land the Uruguay international defender ahead of the FIFA World Cup.
The same report says that UEFA Champions League holders Real Madrid are also keeping close tabs on the defender in the hope of luring Gimenez to Madrid.
As per the same article, the Gunners scouts had identified the South American as a player good enough of improving Arsenal’s leaky backline under new boss Unai Emery.
However, Marca suggests that The Los Blancos are set to activate his £53 million buyout clause in the 2018 summer window.
The Gunners ended in sixth position in the English Premier League log last term to miss out on a UEFA Champions League football for the second season running.
Arsenal lost 2-1 to Jose Gimenez and La Liga side Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Europa League semi-finals to lose out on a possible place in the UEFA Champions League.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger stepped aside as manager at the end of the season after 22 years in charge of the Emirates club.