Arsenal are allegedly in talks to sign José Giménez from Atletico Madrid although it seems like a futile approach if true.

When I first started researching this story, I did a comprehensive search of 127 of the main foreign papers and website. Not a single one mentioned José Giménez in any piece. When it did start to appear, the Daily Mail were their source.

The Mail claims that Giménez would be open to a move to the Premier League and that Arsenal are ‘continuing’ negotiations with his club who want a transfer fee in the region of €45m, or, as we like to call that sort of price around here, just short of 1 Mesut Ozil.

For a centre back.

It seems unlikely that Arsenal would be able to stop laughing enough at that price tag to continue negotiating anything other than their exit from the phonecall.

I then reached out to some Atletico Madrid experts, and while I wait for them to check things at their end with the club, they told me that it was highly unlikely that the Spaniards would even entertain selling a player loaded with potential whom they hold in high regard.

A nice story, but that’s all it seems to be. Will update when we hear back from the Atletico people.

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