As per a report from the reliable Gianluca Di Marzio this afternoon, Premier League giants Manchester United have seen an approach for Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin knocked back by the Uruguayan.
Godin, 32, has been on the books of Atletico since 2010, and is widely regarded as one of, if not the finest central defender in all of world football.
His grit and leadership at the back for Diego Simeone’s men personify everything that Los Colchoneros stand for, with the South American’s showings over the last 8 years having proven absolutely crucial to Atletico racking up a La Liga title, Copa Del Rey, 2 Europa Leagues, 2 UEFA Super Cups and reaching a pair of Champions League finals during his time with the club.
As such, word doing the rounds in the media over recent weeks that Godin’s current contract at the Wanda Metropolitano contains a surprisingly-low 25 million Euro release clause has seen rumours mount that a number of clubs are inevitably expressing an interest in the stopper’s services.
Serie A champions Juventus were previously the side most heavily-touted as a potential destination, though the Bianconeri recently ended their chase of the 122-time capped Uruguayan international after securing Leonardo Bonucci’s return to the club from AC Milan.
But, as per the aforementioned report from Gianluca Di Marzio this afternoon, a new club, in the form of Manchester United, today entered themselves firmly into the race for Godin’s services.
The Sky Italia reporter has revealed that United offered the full 25 million Euro release clause in Godin’s contract to Atletico, before offering the player a hefty 9 million Euro-per-season salary to make the move to Old Trafford.
However, the former Villarreal man made it clear to the Red Devils that he has absolutely no intention of departing the Spanish capital, where he is expected to put pen to paper on a new contract in the near future.