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Diego Godin rejects United as Mourinho issues grim update

Diego Godin rejects United as Mourinho issues grim update”

A report from Sky Sports News suggested contact had been made between United and Atletico Madrid over the possibility of signing Diego Godin.

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.

However, The Sun say Mourinho now feels Godin used the Red Devils to broker a new Atletico contract instead.

As recently as this morning in his pre-match press conference for United's Premier League opener at home to Leicester tomorrow night (8pm), Mourinho revealed he was not confident a new defender would come in.

The 32-year-old is a crucial cog in Diego Simeone's Atleti team and showed his class with a superb campaign at the World Cup with Uruguay, as they reached the quarter-finals.

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

Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld, Leicester's Harry Maguire, Barcelona's Yerry Mina and Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng have all been pursued this summer.

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.

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.

He won La Liga with Atletico in 2014 and also won the Copa America with his country in 2011.

There was a feeling that United needed to spend big this summer after not only coming up short to Manchester City last season but by an eye-watering distance at that.



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