Arsenal would have to include star attacker Alexis Sanchez in a deal to sign Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez, Don Balon reports.
The Gunners are in the market for a new central defender after injuries to Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista.
Gimenez is one of the names that has been mentioned as a target in the Spanish and British media, but Diego Simeone’s men are understandably keen to hold onto the Uruguayan.
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The latest report suggests that the only way that Arsene Wenger’s men will be able to land the South American enforcer will be to include Sanchez in a swap deal.
The Chile international is arguably Arsenal’s most-important player and has been a revelation since moving to North London from Barcelona.
The Emirates Stadium faithful will be keen to see a major defender signed before the transfer window closes at the end of August – but not at the expense of Sanchez or any of their other first-team stars.