According to Sky Sports, Manchester United have been linked with a shocking deadline day move for Atletico Madrid captain and centre back Diego Godin. The 32-year-old is one of the world’s top defenders and would be a major coup should United get the deal over the line in time.
Jose Mourinho, only today, stated that he isn’t positive of signing anybody in his pre-match notes ahead of Friday’s opener against Leicester. However, a few hours after his press conference, reports surfaced in England, linking Godin with a move to the club.
The Uruguayan has a meagre release clause of €20 million – which seems like a bargain – given the astronomical price tags Spanish clubs slap on their players. He could have two to three seasons at his very best and could be a short-term fix for the English outfit.
Diego Godín: Only Álvaro González (245) has made more headed clearances than @diegogodin (244) since the start of the 2015/16 La Liga season
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) August 9, 2018
Due to their being a release clause in his contract, Atletico are powerless to keep hold of the player and if he decides that he wants to leave, he will become a Red Devil by today and could be in line to start against Leicester tomorrow.
This would see Mourinho heaving a sigh of relief after his club failed to sign a single centre back this summer after being linked to a host of names. Harry Maguire emerged as the favourite to move to Old Trafford but names such as Toby Alderweireld and Yerry Mina were also in the mix.
Signing Godin would see United have a leader at the back – something they have missed since Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand left the club. He will marshal the defenders around him and will also inspire confidence from a number of them, who seemed to be out of sorts in Mourinho’s two years in charge. Thus, it remains to be seen whether or not Godin can be convinced by Mourinho to move to England.