Wednesday 19 December 2018

Man United rebuffed by Atletico Madrid over move for top centre back Diego Godin

Diego Godin in action for Atletico Madrid.
Diego Godin in action for Atletico Madrid.
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United were linked with a surprise move for Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin on transfer deadline day, but Independent.ie understands their interest in the Uruguay centre-back was rebuffed several days ago.

Rumours emerged on Thursday morning suggesting Godin was the latest defensive target on United's wanted list, but Atletico were quick to dismiss the prospect of selling their iconic defensive talisman and are believed to be ready to offer the 32-year-old a new contract.

Independent.ie understands that the approach for the player was speculative from United, with suggestions that the Old Trafford club could trigger a release clause in Godin's contract irrelevant as the player has made it clear he has no intention of leaving Atletico Madrid this summer.

Leicester's Harry Maguire, Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld and Barcelona's Yerry Mina are among the names that have been linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent weeks, but manager Jose Mourinho confirmed he was not expecting any arrivals in the final hours of the transfer deadline.

"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. "So I will have to focus on the players I have and in relation to this first couple of matches, maybe four matches because after Burnley there is national team and a couple of weeks to recover people and prepare people better, is to focus on players available so I'm not thinking about that list I give you, I focus on what we have."

Now reports emerging from Spain suggest United have made a late effort to sign 32-year-old Godin, with Mourinho eager to add some experience to his defensive line.

After failing to come close to an agreement with Tottenham over Alderweireld and with Leicester rejecting advances over a deal for Maguire, United are now being linked with a move for Godin, in a deal that would need to be pulled together quickly if it was to beat the 5pm transfer deadline in England.

Meanwhile, one-time United target Mina appears to be on his way to the Premier League on deadline day, with Everton close to finalising a deal to sign the Colombian centre-back.

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