Manchester United target Atletico Madrid defender and Liverpool eye a new left-back 5 years ago

Manchester United target Atletico Madrid defender and Liverpool eye a new left-back

Manchester United are really struggling in front of goal at the moment.

Jose Mourinho's side have only scored with one of their last 91 shots in the Premier League and lack depth in the centre-forward position, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic out of form, Wayne Rooney looking ready for MLS and Marcus Rashford being used as a winger.

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Unfortunately for United, their woes in front of goal are currently matched by defensive troubles.

Mourinho will be without Eric Bailly for two months, Antonio Valencia has a fractured arm, Chris Smalling missed last week's goalless draw with Burnley through injury and Phil Jones has been plagued by injuries for over a year.

Mourinho has thus reportedly targeted a new central defender, and has set his sights on a potential world beater.

According to The Mirror, Jose Gimenez is a target for United, and the club are prepared to meet his buy-out clause of £56m.

The 21-year-old is a fast, aggressive and combative defender in the mould of Diego Godin, his Atletico Madrid and Uruguay teammate.

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Gimenez was a regular at the heart of Diego Simeone's defence for the past two seasons, but has lost his place this campaign and has only made two appearances.

His contract also expires in 18-months, which may drive his price down. The Mirror report that United would prefer to do a deal in January, but that might not be possible and it could be next summer before the move comes to fruition.

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Meanwhile, Liverpool are among a few English clubs interested in Sead Kolašinac, according to German media outlet Bild.

The Schalke left-back, also reportedly a target for Chelsea and West Ham, has two assists in five appearances for the Bundesliga side this season and has 16 caps for Bosnia.

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The 23-year-old is also out of contract at the end of the current season.

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James Milner is currently first-choice left-back for Liverpool, but despite excelling, the 30-year-old has spent the entirety of his career as a midfielder.

Even if Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp isn't looking to replace Milner in the position, it's evident the team needs cover at left-back as Alberto Moreno hasn't convinced.

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Klopp signed Kolašinac's former Schalke teammate Joel Matip during the summer on a free transfer, addressing what had being a problem position in his team.

It wouldn't be a surprise to see the Liverpool manager do likewise for the left-back slot and make a move for the Kolašinac.

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