Chelsea could be one step closer to signing Jose Gimenez because Atletico Madrid is looking to cut ties with the defender this summer, according to El Larguero.

A report from The Athletic last month claimed that Gimenez was one of three centre-backs on Thomas Tuchel’s transfer wish list.

Ibrahima Konate of RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich’s Niklas Sule were the other two names mentioned.

The Blues will have been boosted in their potential pursuit of Gimenez if Atletico do decide to offload him before next season.

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MADRID, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 20: Jose Maria Gimenez of Atletico de Madrid controls the ball during the La Liga Santander match between Atletico de Madrid and Levante UD at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on February 20, 2021 in Madrid, Spain. Sporting stadiums around Spain remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Several members of Diego Simeone’s squad at set to be sliced, including Saul Niguez and on-loan Arsenal man, Lucas Torreira.

Gimenez has been with the Spanish side since 2013 and isn’t set to run out of contract until 2023.

His is yet to truly get off the ground, thanks a selection of injuries and contracting corona virus.

He missed one leg of Atletico’s Champions League tie with Chelsea, but was present for the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge.

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Chelsea’s Spanish defender Marcos Alonso (L) vies with Atletico Madrid’s Uruguayan defender Jose Gimenez during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge in London on March 17, 2021. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)

How much the Uruguyan will go for in the current financial climate is unclear.

However, Marca stated last September that Madrid rejected a bid from Manchester City worth €100m (£89m) for the 26-year-old.

Instead, they demanded his €120m (£109.8m) release clause was met.

Chelsea may be unwilling to throw that kind of money at a player with a chequered medical history.

They might also be saving their pennies to splash on Erling Haaland.

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