Manchester United have had a torrid time of things at the back this season, injuries and suspension costing Louis Van Gaal deal on a number of occasions. It is thought the club will seek to add a defender in January and the Daily Telegraph believe the answer could be Diego Godin.
28-year-old Diego Godin is contracted till June 2018 in the Spanish capital with Atlético Madrid but has a release clause in his contract worth €36m (£28.5m). Whilst this may seem a lot for a centre-back it’s not something that will deter Manchester United should Van Gaal seek Godin as one of his major targets.
The Uruguayan moved to Europe with Villarreal in August 2007 after time with Defensor, Cerro and Nacional. Godin became important to Villarreal and played 91 times in La Liga before joining Atlético Madrid in August 2010 for €8m. Since moving to Vincente Calderon Godin has played over 120 La Liga fixtures, winning the title with his club last season by scoring the winning goal. Godin also scored in the UEFA Champions League final of 2014 but was unfortunate to lose to rivals Real Madrid in extra-time.
Manchester United’s Ed Woodward has previously said the team won’t look for quick fixes and the 85 time capped Uruguay international certainly has a number of years service to give. Will Louis Van Gaal open his cheque book again and pay a mega fee to bring Diego Godin to the Premier League or will he go for Aston Villa’s Ron Vlaar?