Manchester City have reportedly denied they have made a £78m bid for defender Jose Gimenez, despite Atletico Madrid insisting otherwise.

It is no secret that City remain intent on signing a centre back before the transfer window closes, with Gimenez a potential alternative to Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, should a deal fail to materialise.

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Atletico president Enrique Cerezo has claimed his club rejected City's £78m bid for Gimenez and stressed that they do not wish to lose the player.

"We did receive the offer,' Cerezo told El Transistor. "But Gimenez is a magnificent player and we are interested in having magnificent players in the team."

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That, however, is not true, according to sources at City. They are not willing to pay anything like that this transfer window, given the current climate.

Gimenez is currently self-isolating in Spain having tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this week, but he has made nearly 200 appearances for Atletico.

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