According to reports in the Mirror, both Arsenal and Manchester United are interested in signing Atlético Madrid defender Jose Gimenez.

The 21-year-old Uruguayan centre-back has been linked with a lucrative move to England in the past, and both clubs are reportedly eager to sign him at some stage in the not-too-distant future.

After Arsenal’s £35m move for Shkodran Mustafi was sealed in August, it seems unlikely, upon reflection, that Arsène Wenger would pay that much in the market for another central defender.

Given his age, ability and potential to improve further as his career develops, £40m is the price tag on Gimenez’ head, as Atlético themselves will be eager to retain their prized asset in the long-term.

EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - SEPTEMBER 13: Luciano Narsingh of PSV Eindhoven and José Gimenez of Atletico Madrid in action during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between PSV Eindhoven and Club Atletico de Madrid at Philips Stadion on September 13, 2016 in Eindhoven, Netherlands . (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS – SEPTEMBER 13: Luciano Narsingh of PSV Eindhoven and José Gimenez of Atletico Madrid in action during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between PSV Eindhoven and Club Atletico de Madrid at Philips Stadion on September 13, 2016 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

If he does come available at some stage, especially with Diego Simeone’s future at the Calderón far from certain, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Arsenal engage in a bidding war alongside United for his signature.

Per Mertesacker has been heavily linked with a move back to Germany with Werder publicly admitting their interest in the 32-year-old’s services. Koscielny has recently turned 31 and it’ll be intriguing to see how he is utilised as time passes by – a full calendar packed with international fixtures too takes its toll physically, and Arsenal will try their utmost to avoid relying on the Frenchman despite his ever-improving quality at the back.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: Laurent Koscielny of Arsenal and Adam Forshaw of Middlesbrough compete for the ball during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Middlesbrough at Emirates Stadium on October 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 22: Laurent Koscielny (L) has established himself as Arsenal’s best centre-back in recent seasons, but over-reliance on the Frenchman could prove costly in his absence. (Photo by Dan Mullan / Getty Images)

All in all, it’d be a surprise if Gimenez was available for transfer between now and the end of the campaign, but in future, a possible deal could be made especially given Arsenal’s interest in the player himself.