Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Transfer: Manchester United make shock move for Diego Godin

Transfer: Manchester United make shock move for Diego Godin

However, it was Diego Godin who attracted the headlines on Deadline Day when Sky Sports broke the story that United had made an approach for the Atletico Madrid defender.

But just hours later centre-back Godin had signed a new contract on improved terms believed to be €7.5million a year at the Wanda Metropolitano.

But Mourinho's hopes were dashed after he was was told the Uruguayan worldwide has agreed a new deal with Atletico Madrid.

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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.

Manchester United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward and head of corporate development Matt Judge are both at the club's Carrington training complex this morning as they try to deliver a late signing for Jose Mourinho.

In his press conference ahead of Friday's season opener against Leicester City, the Portuguese did not sound optimistic about his club's chances of signing anyone before the transfer window slams shut.

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It's left the club chasing a great number of defensive options this summer with Toby Alderweireld, Harry Maguire and Jerome Boateng regularly linked with a move.

The Red Devils flew out of the blocks with the purchase of Brazil midfielder Fred, but the subsequent captures of Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant have done little to inspire at Old Trafford.

Manchester United have until 5 PM BST to get this deal done.

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

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