Chelsea & City battle for LaLiga star

English Premier League

Manchester City and Chelsea are reportedly set to battle it out for Atletico Madrid star Jose Maria Gimenez.

Both Premier League sides are believed to be looking at bolstering their defences for the 2020/2021 season, having struggled in their department recently.

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ESPN have now reported that the Blues and City have identified the Los Rojiblancos centre-back as possible target.

The report claims that while the Citizens are prioritising a central defender for next season, Atletico are not looking to engage in talks below the €120 million release clause.

The Blues, who have been leaky at the back this season, have reportedly been monitoring Gimenez's progress in the Spanish capital for a while now.

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The 25-year-old has been with Atletico since he was at 18 and has gone on to win the UEFA Europa League, UEFA Super Cup and the Spanish Super Cup.

City, meanwhile, have reportedly had a £41 million bid accepted for Bournemouth central defender Nathan Ake but it remains to be seen if it will affect their interest for Gimenez.