Friday, 22 February, 2019

Manchester United approach snubbed by Atletico Madrid star Diego Godin

Diego Godin has made over 300 appearances for Atletico Madrid Diego Godin has made over 300 appearances for Atletico Madrid
Kristopher Love | 09 August, 2018, 17:40

And with another potential target, Yerry Mina, on the verge of finalizing a move to Everton, United made an approach to sign the experienced Godin from Atleti on the deadline day. The 32-year old will be the club's captain this season and wants to continue working with them with no intentions to leave.

Manchester United have reportedly made a last-ditch approach to sign Atletico Madrid stalwart Diego Godin.

Jose Mourinho is desperate to land a central defender before the window closes on Thursday and had hoped that the 32-year-old Godin, who was named in the 2018 World Cup dream team after leading Uruguay to the quarter-finals, could be the answer to his problems.

Mourinho downplayed United's chances of signing another player with just hours remaining of the transfer window.

Although Godin has a €20 million (£18m/$23.2m) release clause in his current Atletico contract he is happy to stay with Diego Simeone's side beyond the expiry of the existing deal.

United made contact with Atletico this morning about the veteran's availability, but the enquiry was quickly rebuffed.

"I'm not confident, I'm not confident and the market closes today so is time at least for me to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed", he told reporters when asked about his transfer options.

It's clear that United have been looking at adding a top quality centre-back and Godin has been one of the finest in Europe over the last number of seasons.

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"Behind the scenes, there was a suspicion they were being used as leverage by Godin's representatives to get a new deal from Atletico".