Sunday, 19 August, 2018

Transfer deadline day: Manchester United 'launch shock Diego Godin bid'

Diego Godin Diego Godin is set to reject Manchester United's approach
Rita Gibson | 09 August, 2018, 21:18

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.

But just hours later centre-back Godin had signed a new contract on improved terms believed to be €7.5million a year at the Wanda Metropolitano.

The 32-year old is widely regarded as one of the best central defenders in the game and has been an integral member of Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid for years now.

Manchester United want a new defender.

Reports broke this morning that Man United had approached Atletico regarding their captain's availability but now it's emerged that they have since been shut down by the Europa League champions.

Chelsea confirm signing Kepa Arrizabalaga on seven-year contract for £71.6m
The 23-year-old has signed a seven-year deal at Stamford Bridge and he has since been discussing his ambitions for the future. Kovacic is one of two midfielders signed under new head coach, Maurizio Sarri , who brought Jorginho with him from Napoli .

According to Sky Sports, United are chasing a deal for the Uruguay global.

Diego Godin has now been considered as a last-gasp option for United.

Harry Maguire, Toby Alderweireld and Yerry Mina are among those to have been linked with a move to Old Trafford but without success.

The newspaper also claimed United have contacted Atletico, with Mourinho determined to bring in one more signing.

The fanbase if starting to grow exhausted of the 55-year-old and a first title challenge since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement seems to be a must. 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".

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