As far as Manchester United’s ongoing search for defensive reinforcements is concerned, the great deadline day transfer tombola wheel in the sky has turned once again and this time it’s landed on Diego Godin.
Remembering he was quite good at the World Cup, Sky Sports News have cobbled together a story that United are “chasing a deal” for Godin, steadfast guardian of Atletico Madrid’s ‘goals conceded’ column.
After struggling to make headway in his pursuit of several preferred targets, Jose Mourinho has spread the net a little wider as the start of the Premier League season looms (United kick-off against Leicester City on Friday night).
Diego Godin could be the solution to Mourinho’s defensive woes yadda yadda yadda…
What they don’t mention is that Godin has a €20million release clause at Atleti after his contract ticked over into the final year, so it’s not like United would have to do much chasing if they wanted to trigger it – especially as last week they were supposedly giving serious countenance to bidding upwards of £90million for Harry Maguire.
All the more preventative, you might imagine, is Godin’s probable reluctance to leave the club he’s given his all for for the best part of a decade, a club at which he is universally adored, in order to babysit Chris Smalling and/or Phil Jones for the next two or three years.
Understand @ManUtd did inquire about Diego Godin earlier this week. Nothing doing. Is set to sign a new contract at Atletico.
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) 9 August 2018
If it looks and sounds like complete rubbish, there’s a good chance it’s probably complete rubbish.
Try again, Sky.