Date: 30th May 2018 at 6:56pm
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are chasing significant improvements to their defensive lines in the summer market but look set for disappointment in the pursuit of one player.

TalkSport, citing Marca, state have jumped ahead of the Gunners in the chase for Atletico Madrid centre-back Jose Maria Gimenez, who has a reported £53m release-clause in his contract with the Europa League winners.

have identified the 23-year-old Uruguay as a viable target this summer, with an official approach expected to be made, but the emergence of three-time consecutive Champions League winners presents a problem.

Atletico, who lost Theo Hernandez to their city rivals last summer, would certainly prefer Gimenez to move to a Premier League side if he does leave their ranks but they’re unable to prevent a swoop due to his release-clause.

Meanwhile, are edging closer towards the signature of Borussia Dortmund’s Papastathopoulos as Unai Emery’s first major recruit at the Stadium.