Manchester United fail with Diego Godin approach

Silvia Morton
August 9, 2018

Now that the Godin deal has fallen through, it looks like United won't be signing any new central defenders before this evening's 5pm deadline - a position Jose Mourinho has seen as a priority to strengthen.

Godin has been at Madrid since 2010 and has made 350 appearances for the club.

United then tried to peruse, Bayern's Jerome Boateng, Barca's Yerry Mina, and Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld but could not finalize the move with any one of them.

Manchester United made an eleventh hour effort to sign Uruguayan global Diego Godin, but their advances have been rebuffed by the defender.

It's claimed United have made contact Atletico, with Mourinho determined to bring in one more signing ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.

When asked if he would make a signing today, Mourinho added: "The information I have is no".

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"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".

A leader and tough uncompromising defender, he is a player Mourinho has coveted for some time and is a key component to Atletico where he has a strong relationship with coach Simeone and that relationship has led to a deadline day rejection.

Reports have also suggested Godin has a release clause in his Atletico contract worth just £18m.

Godin is the new addition to the list of center-backs Manchester United have failed to sign this season.

Signing Godin at this late stage would be incredible business by United, but it is also highly hard.

The Portuguese has made three signings this summer - Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant - but has so far been frustrated in his search for a centre-back.

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