Manchester City have already strengthened their defence by signing Nathan Aké, and Pep Guardiola still wants his side to bring in a new central defender before the window closes on October 5th.

Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly, Atlético Madrid centre-back José Giménez and Sevilla’s Jules Koundé have been linked with the Citizens.

At the start of last week, AS reported the Etihad club had submitted a bid in excess of €80m for Giménez.

Mundo Deportivo then explained the La Liga side rejected City’s formal offer for the Uruguay international, and added that Diego Simeone’s side are referring to his €120m release clause. 

Enrique Cerezo, the Spanish club’s president, has been a guest on Onda Cero’s program El Transistor, and was asked whether or not City made an €85m bid for the Atlético defender. 

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Responding to that, Cerezo said: “Yes we received the offer [from City], but Giménez is a magnificent player and we are interested in having magnificent players in our team.”

It’s still questionable whether City made the offer claimed, given it added up to around €100m when bonuses were included.