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.
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.