Chelsea are preparing to make another move for Atletico Madrid defensive rock Jose Gimenez, according to the reports.
Uruguay international defender has been on the radar of Chelsea for some time and it is expected to see him linked with a possible to Stamford Bridge when the transfer window will be re-opened in the summer.
According to reporter Fabrizio Romano, players release clause prevented Chelsea from luring him away from Wandametropolitano.
That is believed to be set at €120m. However, after starting just 12 games in La Liga due to the series of injuries his price tag could get lower and Chelsea planning to make an approach once again.
AS reported in September that Manchester City also tried to lure Gimenez in the Premier League in the summer, however, the deal has never materalised and the Citizens ended up signing Ruben Dias from Benfica.
Sport Witness reported that the Spanish club’s president, Enrique Cerezo, confirmed the bid when speaking on Onda Cero’s El Transistor programme.
He said: “Yes we received the offer [from City], but Gimenez is a magnificent player and we are interested in having magnificent players in our team.”
The Athletic insist Chelsea remain interested in the 26-year-old and planning to splash money for his signature.