Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Manchester United make Diego Godin enquiry

Manchester United make Diego Godin enquiry

Mourinho has lost confidence in the likes of Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones and has desperately been on the lookout for a new centre-back.

This, after they failed in their pursuits of Yerry Mina, Harry Maguire and Toby Alderweireld.

However, it was Diego Godin who attracted the headlines on Deadline Day when Sky Sports broke the story that United had made an approach for the Atletico Madrid defender.

Godin is rightly regarded as one of the best centre-backs in world football right now and despite his age, would have been a massive coup for Mourinho's side going forward.

Manchester United have been linked to Diego Godin. In a press conference, Mourinho said, "I'm not confident, I'm not confident and the market closes today so it is time at least for me to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed".

However, Atletico are unlikely to let their captain leave at this late stage of the summer and there are question marks over whether Godin would want to leave the Europa League holders, where he has spent the last 8 years of his career.

On Thursday morning, several reports claimed that United had contacted Atletico in the hopes of adding Godin to their squad before the 5pm deadline.

"So I will have to focus on the players I have".

Mourinho hoped to trigger Godin's release clause - believed to be around £18m - and bring him to Old Trafford on an £8m a year deal in time to play against Leicester on Friday.

Whether United get a deal over the line for Godin, though, remains to be seen.

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