Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is set to make a £30 million bid for Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin, as per The Sun.
Ever since United’s summer signing Eric Bailly picked up an injury, their defence has gone into a huge turmoil. And with Chris Smalling also unfit, Mourinho’s men currently have to make-do with Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo as their primary center-back pairing.
However, the aforementioned duo hasn’t been upto the mark, and they are one of the main reasons behind the Red Devils’ poor form at the moment. Even club legend Paul Scholes has criticised their partnership at the back, by labelling them as “a worry”.
And now, it looks like Jose Mourinho is set to address his squad’s defensive problems once and for all, as soon as the January transfer window opens up.
According to The Sun, the Portuguese tactician are preparing an offer for Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin.
The 30-year-old has loads of experience under his belt, and is regarded as one of the best center-backs in the world at present. The Old Trafford club could certainly do with a strong leader like Godin in their defense line – something they have lacked ever since Nemanja Vidic left the Theatre of Dreams.
The Uruguay international has a £30m-worth fixed-price clause in his contract, which means all United need to do is convince the player to make the switch, and simply cough up the money.
However, Mourinho may find it difficult to persuade Godin to make the move to Manchester, due to the fact that United cannot offer him Champions League football – a competition the Uruguayan dreams of winning – this season, at least.
“Of course it would be the best prize for all the fans, it’s what we Atleticos are dreaming of and we will continue looking for it,” Godin was recently quoted as saying by Marca.
“It’s a dream because we’re competing for it and we’re going after it. It’s clearly one of our objectives, so it’s a dream and an objective – one more on top of the league and the cup.”