Man City see €70m transfer bid rejected for Kalidou Koulibaly alternative target

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Manchester City are pressing ahead with their efforts to sign Kalidou Koulibaly after after seeing a €70m (£62m) bid for Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez rejected.

City’s need for a centre-half is a priority this summer, after the problems encountered in the wake of Vincent Kompany’s retirement this summer. Despite the £41m capture of Ake from Bournemouth already, defender still remain the priority.

Kalidou Koulibaly is the main target as City have been heavily linked with the 29-year-old Senegal For several months. it’s claimed Gimenez is a credible alternative to the Napoli centre-back, with Chelsea also linked with the Uruguayan defender, 25.

According to SportItalia journalist Alfredo Pedulla, City briefly turned their attentions to Atleti defender Gimenez but are now set to continue their pursuit of Koulibaly after seeing their  €70m (£62m) approach for the Uruguayan rejected by Los Rojiblancos.

José Giménez is one of the defender strongly linked with a move to the Etihad amongst Diego Carlos, Upamecano, Milan Skriniar and Kalidou Koulibaly this summer, as Pep Guardiola looks to sign a quality centre back pairing for Aymeric Laporte.

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