Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has identified Atletico Madrid central defender Diego Godin as the man to solidify the Red Devils defence and will make a £30 million move for the Uruguayan, according to The Sun.

The Old Trafford outfit signed Eric Bailly over the summer to bolster the options at the heart of their rearguard, but an obvious partner for the Ivorian has not stood up and been counted.

Godin is one of world football’s most-distinguished central defenders and has been critical in Atletico winning La Liga and progressing to the Champions League final over recent years.

The former Villarreal man’s no-nonsense approach alongside Bailly would surely be a winning combination for Mourinho’s men, but the Spanish capital city side will be reluctant to part company with their defensive leader.

Should the South American end up at United it would cast major doubts on the future of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling at the Premier League club.


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