According to sources in Italy, Manchester United are keeping tabs on Atletico Madrid defensive prodigy Jose Gimenez.
The Red Devils are widely expected to bolster their backline this summer, with several high-profile names linked with Old Trafford switches.
It’s fair say the latest name to blip on Louis van Gaal’s radar isn’t among the blockbuster names Man Utd – 5/2 to beat Liverpool next – have courted this season, but he’d arguably be the best buy of the bunch.
Typically for an Atletico and Diego Simeone defender, the Uruguayan is rabidly aggressive and teak tough in the tackle, of which he averages 2.1 per game in La Liga.
It’s a figure only two United defenders can best in the Premier League, while only Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo can best his interceptions mean of 2.3 per outing, though both have been afforded more appearances than the 20-year-old’s 13.
With youth on his side, Gimenez won’t cost as much as superstars such as Rafael Varane and Mats Hummels, though he has the potential to be as great and he can hit these heights at Man Utd.
In other transfer lines, Liverpool are readying a mega-money move for Ukrainian star Andriy Yarmolenko.
The 25-year-old will cost the Reds an alleged £19.5m and they will have undoubtedly been impressed by his performance in Dinamo Kiev’s 5-2 demolition of Everton in the Europa League this week.
Ukraine’s player of the year scored, assisted and hit the crossbar in the last-16 rout.
Elsewhere, it’s believed West Ham will renew their interest in Tottenham misfit Emmanuel Adebayor, as the Togolese’s whistle stop tour of the nation’s capital looks set to continue.
The Hammers attempted to pry the former Arsenal man out of White Hart Lane on January transfer deadline day but were scuppered by Spurs’ regarding the east Londoners as rivals for continental qualification.
A slide towards the lower echelons has since relaxed Daniel Levy and co and they are now thought to be willing to sanction a loan deal, with West Ham keen for the club to subsidise a portion of his £100,000-a-week wages.