Atletico Madrid and Uruguay defender Diego Godin is apparently wanted by Manchester United as Mourinho looks to bolster his defence.
Godin, currently on national team duty with La Celeste in Russia, has one year left on his current deal with Atletico and United are keen to acquire his services for a cut-price fee.
United have drawn up an 8 man shortlist of potential centre-backs to bring to the club, according to the Manchester Evening News last week. Jose Gimenez, who is Godin’s centre-back partner for club and country, was reportedly on the list but it seems Jose Mourinho now sees Godin as his top priority.
Last years Europa league winners are apparently reluctant to let their star defender leave and are prepared to offer him a new deal, but this latest news could well turn the 32-year-olds head.
The Manchester Evening News has today reported via daily Spanish publication AS that United officials have made contact with the Madrid club over the possibility of a deal for Godin, for a fee believed to be around €20 million.
Widely considered one of the best central defenders in world football, Godin’s arrival at Old Trafford would represent fantastic business for the club and significantly strengthen the teams back-line.
The veteran defender joined Atletico from Villarreal in 2010 and has gone on to make 247 appearances for the club, scoring 12 goals. He has also racked up 120 caps for his national team and is the first name on the teamsheet for both sides.
So far In Russia, Uruguay have won all three of their games and successfully booked a spot in the last 16, where they will face European champions Portugal. They have also yet to concede a goal and that is in no small part down to Godin’s stoic presence at the back.
English World Cup pundit Matthew Upson recently suggested that Godin is ahead of Spain’s Sergio Ramos as the best defender in the world, speaking to the BBC the former England man said: “I’m going with Godin. He’s more understated. He plays in a completely more relaxed, different style.”
“Ramos would be all about the thunder of the game and have more impact perhaps from an individual aspect but as a team, as a person to play with as your teammate, I think he’s your man.”
Having already signed Diogo Dalot from Porto and Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk, adding Godin to the United roster would be a further boost for the squad and increase Mourinho’s chances of chasing down neighbours Manchester City next season.