Manchester United has had an approach for the Atletico de Madrid defender Diego Godin rejected, with the Uruguayan ready to sign a new contract with the Spanish club.
United have been linked to a series of defensive central defenders during the summer transfer window, with Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham as its number one target.
Prior to the Thursday afternoon transfer deadline, the Red Devils have made several advances for Harry Maguire, Yerry Mina and Jerome Boateng as backup options if they do not secure the Alderweireld deal on the line.
Although Godin has a €20 million release clause (£18m/$23.2m) in his current contract with Atlético, he is happy to stay with Diego Simeone’s side beyond the expiration of the existing agreement.
He has spent the last 11 years of his career in Spain, moving from Villarreal to Atlético in 2010, and has won seven important trophies with the Colchoneros, including the 2014 La Liga title. He also accumulated 122 matches with Uruguay and is the current captain of the National team.
The failure to attract Godin increases the likelihood that United will see the transfer window without further additions to its squad despite Jose Mourinho’s revelation earlier this summer that two players are left to reach the goal of five which he submitted to the club’s board during in January.