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Atletico Madrid defender draws attention of Man United scouts

| 18.09.2016

Despite making an impressive array of acquisitions over the summer, Manchester United remain keen to add to their squad.

The Red Devils, who bought over £150m-worth of talent in Jose Mourinho’s first transfer window in charge, sent scouts to watch a young Atletico Madrid defender during the first round of Champions League matches.

According to the Daily Mirror, Jose Gimenez was the subject of the trip to the Netherlands, where Diego Simeone’s men did battle with PSV in Group D.

It was the 21-year-old’s first outing of the season and ended up as a comfortable one, with the Spaniards running out 1-0 winners at Philips Stadion.

Although the Uruguayan has had to wait until now to make his seasonal reappearance, he has been a trusted part of Simeone’s squad since the 2014/15 campaign.

Arriving a season earlier from Danubio in his homeland, Gimenez was given a bedding-in period and made just two all-competition appearances.

However the following year he was called on 20 times in La Liga and 26 in total as the Madrid club finished third.

Last term Simeone used the 21-cap international even more, handing Gimenez 27 appearances in the league and 38 in total. However, he was left on the bench in the Champions League final.

Mourinho has so far only added one defender to his newly-inherited squad in Manchester, with Eric Bailly also plucked from La Liga in a move from Villarreal.

However, it appears the Portuguese wants to continue to add bodies to that department as utility man Daley Blind continues to partner Bailly in the heart of the backline.

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