Manchester United have been looking for a move for central defender to strengthen their side’s bleak defense. Jose Mourinho has targeted Atletico Madrid ace, Digeo Godin to add steal and experience to his side.
According to The Sun, Manchester United are plotting a £30m move for the Uruguayan.
Manchester United have also been heavily linked with Godin’s national and club teammate, Jose Gimenez but they’ll have to trigger his £58m buy out clause to get him and that could’ve been one of the reasons Jose Mourinho has turned his attention towards Diego Godin.
The 30-year-old Uruguayan is considered to be one of European football’s top centre-backs, with his no-nonsense approach towards the game and the remarkable consistency he has shown over the years making him a mainstay in the Atletico side throughout their recent productive runs in La Liga and the Champions League.
Since his move to the La Liga outfit in the 2012/13, the centre-back has been rewriting the rules in La Liga, helping Atletico Madrid to keep a staggering 81 clean sheets in his 144 top-flight appearances. He has been one of the most standout performers in Europe and it’d be a astounding if Atletico Madrid let one of their leaders leave.
Manchester United’s defensive incapabilities have been a major reason of their downfall. Summer signing Eric Bailly gave some emphatic performances since his big money move to Old Trafford but now sidelined with a serious Manchester United have been abysmal. The 4-0 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge opened up their defense totally as they had to play two full-backs as their centre backs.
Jose Mourinho has also lamented defenders Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw for their behaviour and has asked the Manchester United players to man-up if they want to make it into his team next season.
Diego Godin also gives Manchester United the leader at the back which they lack since the departures of their legendary trio of Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra.
The defending this season from the Old Trafford outfit has often bordered on the calamitous to the ridiculous. Sure, individually each player at the Portuguese’s disposal has the skills to make it. Manchester United have been lacking that leader at the back which would give them the much needed calm and assurance at the back. Although, Chris Smalling has captained the side, but people forget he is still only 26 and isn’t the type of player to grab others by the scruff of the neck.