Man Utd ready to meet release clause for South American star

Manchester United are prepared to meet the £20 million release clause to sign Diego Godin from Atletico Madrid in January, according to reports.

We failed to secure any of our defensive targets over the summer and our defence has looked poor this season – shipping 21 goals in our first 12 Premier League matches and only keeping one clean sheet.

Toby Alderweireld, Harry Maguire and Jerome Boateng were all strongly linked with a move to Manchester United over the summer, but nothing materialised.

Now it appears we could swoop in to sign 32-year-old Godin from the Spanish capital.

The Daily Star are reporting that Jose Mourinho is still keen to upgrade in defence during the winter transfer window after a lack of investment over the summer has all but ended our title hopes this season.

Jose has made it clear that he’s unhappy with his current defence, that includes Ashley Young converted to a right-back, and Chris Smalling partnering Victor Lindelof in the middle. We are in a serious battle just to qualify for next season’s Champions League and are somewhat desperate for reinforcements.

According to the report, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is ready to back Jose in the new year by stepping up our interest in Diego Godin after our boss supposedly made the Uruguayan stalwart his first choice target.

The report goes on to state that Woodward is ready to meet Godin’s release clause, which has dropped to £20 million after the centre-back entered the final 12 months of his contract at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Although Godin is 32 and would only be a relatively short-term solution for our defensive woes, he is still one of the top defenders in world football and would certainly be an upgrade to what we currently have, particularly whilst Eric Bailly is out-of-favour.

Whether we can pull the move off we’ll have to wait and see but there’s no doubt we’re going to be pushing hard for a centre-back come the new year.

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