Atletico Madrid reject Man Utd approach for Godin - Simeone key

Diego Godin

Godin emerged as a late candidate to solve United's central defender crisis and his release clause at Atletico Madrid made the move look relatively realistic.

The failure to lure Godin increases the possibility of United seeing out the transfer window with no further additions to their squad despite Jose Mourinho's revelation earlier this summer that he is two players short of reaching the five-man target he set his club's board in the spring.

The Uruguayan defender would be an alternative to linked names Toby Alderweireld, Jerome Boateng and Harry Maguire.

Manchester United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward and head of corporate development Matt Judge are both at the club's Carrington training complex this morning as they try to deliver a late signing for Jose Mourinho.

But Mourinho's hopes were dashed after he was was told the Uruguayan global has agreed a new deal with Atletico Madrid.

'I'm not confident, I'm not confident and the market closes today so it is time at least for me to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed, ' the Portuguese said at his Thursday press conference.

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Diego Godin in action for Atletico Madrid.

'I will have to focus on the players I have in relation to this first couple of matches.

The 32-year-old was reportedly offered a deal worth £8 million-a-year at Old Trafford but Godin turned down the opportunity in favour of a new contract at Atletico.

Meanwhile, one-time United target Mina appears to be on his way to the Premier League on deadline day, with Everton close to finalising a deal to sign the Colombian centre-back.

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