Uncertainty continues to wrap Manchester United’s pursuit of Sweden international and Benfica centre-half Victor Lindelof, and for every time a move for the 22-year-old looks certain beyond any doubt, a news of how it would likely hit some snag comes up.
It’s only a few weeks left until the winter transfer window draws the curtain, and Manchester United can’t afford to let the market close without signing a centre defender. Victor Lindelof or not, here are 3 alternatives the Red Devils can consider for that defensive role:
The 21-year-old is a no-nonsense defender and has been a Manchester United target for a while given his quality. The Atletico Madrid Uruguay international has also been scouted by Arsenal and Real Madrid but is currently out of favour at the Vicente Calderon despite his immense defensive qualities.
Gimenez has often been compared to fellow Uruguayan Diego Godin, as he is also full of pace, defensively aggressive and good aerially. For his age, he has a handful of senior team experience having played the Copa America twice, the one World Cup once – where he benched then team captain Lugano and has featured in 3 Champions League campaigns for Atletico.
The only obvious shortcoming Gimenez has got is his lack of discipline and his volatile temperament. It’s believed it is for that reason he lost his first team berth after almost costing Simeone’s side against Bayern in last season’s semifinal by needlessly committing Javi Martinez in the box, leading to a penalty Oblak saved.
Savic took his place in the final and has remained ahead of him ever since. Now frustrated with being constantly left on the bench, Gimenez could favour a move away this January, and he definitely has everything it takes to hit the ground running in the top flight.