Diego Godin subject of approach from Red Devils

Diego Godin

It is believed that Manchester United were willing to pay off the 32-year old's £17.5 million release clause and had tabled a lucrative two-year contract worth £150,000-a-week in wages.

Leicester City's Harry Maguire, Tottenham Hotspur's Toby Alderweireld and Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng have been said to be Mourinho's preferred options.

And Goal can confirm that they enquired about the availability of 32-year-old Godin in the days leading up to the deadline only to be told that the defender is set to agree a new deal at the Wanda Metropolitano and will not be leaving.

Any hope that Manchester United would sign Diego Godin on transfer deadline day didn't last very long at all.

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 Red Devils have brought Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant to Old Trafford in recent weeks but Jose Mourinho is desperate to land an accomplished centre-back before the summer transfer window closes.

"Within hours, Godin had signed a new contract on improved terms at Atletico Madrid, earning him €7.5m-a-year net".

Godin is the new addition to the list of center-backs Manchester United have failed to sign this season.

United were hopeful that they could have persuaded Godin to sign and join his new teammates in time for the Red Devils' Premier League season opener against Leicester on Friday night but they will have to return to the drawing board now.

A leader and tough uncompromising defender, he is a player Mourinho has coveted for some time and is a key component to Atletico where he has a strong relationship with coach Simeone and that relationship has led to a deadline day rejection.

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