Speaking in an exclusive interview with La Liga, via the Daily Mail, Atletico Madrid star Jose Gimenez expressed his love for Chelsea growing up and claims he would have liked to play with Frank Lampard – which could put the Blues first in line if Marina Granovskaia decides to reignite interest.
Chelsea in particular conceded the most goals out of any side in the top ten, shipping 54 in the league alone, prompting Granovskaia and co to consider signing an elite centre-back who can help to plug gaping holes a the back.
Should Chelsea pay Jose Gimenez' £109 million release clause?
Yes, he's exceptional
No, don't be ridiculous
However, his £109 million release clause could be a major stumbling block if the Blues are to continue pressing.
In a scenario where Chelsea can find an alternative to paying that fee through negotiation, or they decide to invest significantly in the 25-year-old, then the 6ft 1 star’s latest declaration could hand the club a significant boost.
Waxing lyrical over watching the club as a kid growing up, Gimenez appears to be a huge fan of Chelsea – something that could factor into talks if the club compete with City for his signature.
“I would have liked to play with Lampard,” he said in an interview with La Liga via the Daily Mail.
“I always used to watch Chelsea as a kid, loved them.”
Boasting a 90% passing accuracy in the Champions League over 2019/2020, Gimenez is an adept ball-playing centre-half – and only Kurt Zouma managed more clearances per 90 last season than the Uruguay international out of every Chelsea defender (WhoScored).
These stats alone could be reason enough to consider paying the release clause, or to at least enter negotiations, and judging by the player’s love for the club, it could be a match made in heaven.
Chelsea should definitely consider trying to sign the defender, who may be the made to solidify that leaky backline at Stamford Bridge.
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