United were 'suspicious' of signing Diego Godin for one reason


He said: "A bit more now on Manchester United's approach for Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin, or was it Diego Godin approaching Manchester United?"

The 32-year-old has been one of the best central defenders in world football since joining Atletico from Villarreal in 2010 and he was once again a star performer for Uruguay at the World Cup this summer.

Today, Manchester United have made a stunning late move for Diego Godin...

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.

Atletico coach Diego Simeone spoke with Godin at the beginning of preseason to make it clear he wants him to stay.

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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Sky Sports are reporting that United are looking to sign Godin after being linked with moves for Jerome Boateng, Harry Maguire and Toby Alderweireld.

Now reports emerging from Spain suggest United have made a late effort to sign 32-year-old Godin, with Mourinho eager to add some experience to his defensive line.

"I'm not confident, I'm not confident and the market closes today so is time at least for me to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed".

"So I will have to focus on the players I have".

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.

Signing Godin at this late stage would be incredible business by United, but it is also highly hard.