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

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Cary Erickson | 09 August, 2018, 17:42

Rumours emerged on Thursday morning suggesting Godin was the latest defensive target on United's wanted list, but Atletico were quick to dismiss the prospect of selling their iconic defensive talisman and are believed to be ready to offer the 32-year-old a new contract.

There is no word yet as to whether or not the Manchester club have made an official bid for the defender.

According to reports from Sky Sports, United have made contact with Atletico Madrid for the Uruguayan worldwide.

Manchester United have offered to trigger Diego Godin's £18m release clause and pay him £8.1m-per-season but the defender is set to stay at Atletico Madrid, according to ESPN.

A host of defenders have been linked with a summer move to Old Trafford.

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However, although no there has been official confirmation of a new contract, United were told that Godin has agreed a new contract - and would remain at the Wanda Metropolitano with Diego Simeone's side for at least one more campaign. The 32-year old will be the club's captain this season and wants to continue working with them with no intentions to leave.

Toby Alderweireld, Harry Maguire, Yerry Mina, Jerome Boateng and Kurt Zouma have all been linked with a move to Old Trafford in the last couple of weeks, only for United to reach deadline day without signing any of them.

United manager Jose Mourinho spoke earlier in the day to say he was not confident about his chances of signing a player today, however, Sky have revealed that United are in for the Atletico Madrid defender.

Signing Godin at this late stage would be incredible business by United, but it is also highly hard. "I will have to focus on the players I have".

The Portuguese has made three signings this summer - Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant - but has so far been frustrated in his search for a centre-back.