Manchester United plot last ditch move for Atletico Madrid's Diego Godin

Diego Godin

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

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

Atletico have resisted offers for Godin in previous summers and it would have to be a substantial bid to convince them to sell at this late stage.

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.

In terms of recent weeks, the focus has been on Jose Mourinho's quest to bolster the club's defensive options and secure a new centre-back.

Manchester United want a new defender.

The Red Devils have spent the day frantically chasing a defender - but it appears they will end up with no-one coming through the door.

Kaveh Solhekol tweeted on Thursday morning: "Manchester United have contacted Atletico Madrid over possible deadline day move for Uruguay centre back Diego Godin".

Obviously Godin would be a superb short-term addition if United were able to pull it off but it's looking highly unlikely unless things take a drastic change over the next couple of hours.

With this in mind, a move for the 32-year-old Uruguayan global would make sense.

The 55-year-old said: "The market closes today".

"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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