​Arsenal made numerous attempts to make contact with Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez last week, but their efforts proved unsuccessful, with the Spanish side unwilling to negotiate on the Uruguayan's reputed £56m price tag.

​Reported in the Mirror, Arsene Wenger remains keen to add to his defensive options and was hoping to negotiate a deal to bring Gimenez to the Emirates stadium.

The Gunners are currently in the midst of a defensive crisis with Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista sidelined following injuries sustained in pre-season, whilst Laurent Koscielny is yet to return to full fitness.

Despite holding Premier League champions Leicester City to a clean sheet, questions remain over the club's defensive stability after shipping four in the opening game of the season against Liverpool.

Recent signing young Rob Holding was deployed at the heart of the defence for both of the Gunners' opening games, in a backline lacking experience.

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Whilst Valencia's Shkodran Mustafi is a name that has been continually linked with a move to North London, it appears that Wenger is keen to lure Gimenez to the club instead.

At just 21-years-old, the Atletico man is vastly experienced, having already won the league title in Spain and came close to winning last season's Champions League after losing to neighbours Real on penalties.


An offer that saw the Premier League side significantly improve the defender's current deal with Atletico was subsequently rebuffed when the Gunners were unwilling to match the Spanish side's £56m valuation of their prize asset.

With Arsenal lingering over a £30m move for Mustafi, it seems unlikely that a move for Giminez will materialise given his added expense.