Atleti ‘close door’ on Gimenez

Atletico Madrid have reportedly taken defender Jose Maria Gimenez off the market after Arsenal and arch-rivals Real failed to follow up their interest.

According to Marca, Atleti have not received any concrete offers for Gimenez this summer, despite interest from Arsenal and Madrid, and are no longer prepared to negotiate his sale with only a fortnight of the transfer window remaining.

The Gunners had been linked with the 21-year-old after they could not clinch a deal for Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi, while Los Blancos are said to be long-time admirers of the player, but suitors will now be instructed to activate his €65m release clause or look elsewhere.

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