New Centre Back Deal- Arsenal In Advance Talk For Mertesacker Replacement

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Report from the Sun, suggest Arsenal could finally get transfer target Jose Gimenez this summer.

The 23-year-old Atletico Madrid star appeared to have hurt his Achilles during the opening five minutes of the China Cup Final.

And that could be a crushing blow for the Diego Simeone and his La Liga side should he be sidelined ahead of a crunch month.

Atletico face Sporting Lisbon next week in the first-leg of the Europa League quarter-finals.

And it could impact on their battle to finish second in the Spanish top tier.

They are currently ahead of bitter rivals Real by four points but the two face each other in the Madrid derby on April 8.

The Gunners will also have any interest on the extent of Gimenez’s blow.

Arsenal are determined to add a top centre-back to their ranks and have now reportedly earmarked Gimenez as the man for the job.

The South American has been back in the starting XI after a spell on the bench and has looked sharp under Simeone.

Arsene Wenger are looking to land a suitable replacement for Per Mertesacker, who is retiring at the end of the season.

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