According to a recent report by Tuttomercatoweb, Manchester United can be ruled out of the race to secure the services of Diego Godin from Atletico Madrid. The same report has claimed that Man United’s offer of a two-year deal worth €4.8m per year has been bettered by Inter Milan, who are willing to pay the Uruguayan international €6m a year which is why Godin has decided to reject a move to Old Trafford.
The 32-year-old has been one of the best defenders in world football for the past few years and has not looked like he would slow down anytime soon. Even though he is heading towards the twilight years of his career, Godin still looks like he is getting better with each match while operating as an experienced centre-half in Diego Simeone’s system at the Spanish capital.
However, with his next move likely to be his last big move, it is quite understandable why the player is holding out for more money and resisting a chance to move to one of the biggest clubs in world football in Man United.
The La Liga defender knows what it takes to win as evidenced by his record at Atletico Madrid where he had previously won the La Liga, the Spanish Cup and the Spanish Super Cup. He has also won the UEFA Europa League twice under Diego Simeone’s expert leadership which goes on to show how successful he has been for the La Liga giants.
Godin is also vastly experienced at the international level, having made 124 international appearances for the Uruguayan national team during his career. He helped his nation win the Copa America back in 2011 which was a memorable occasion for the South American country.
So there is no doubt that the veteran defender would have been the perfect candidate to turn things around in defence for the Red Devils. United have the worst defensive record amongst the top 6 teams which has seen them fall behind in the race for the Premier League’s coveted top 4 spots. The likes of Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones have all flattered to deceive so far in this campaign.
Hence, Godin’s rejection will be a bitter pill to swallow for Ole Gunnar Solskjær and Ed Woodward. They are better off concentrating on other realistic transfer targets during this window. Moreover, the new United interim boss has made a perfect start to life at Old Trafford so he could be the man to get the best out of the current options at his disposal.