Report: Man Utd could agree £18m deal with Atletico Madrid for defender

According to AS, Manchester United could agree a deal with Atletico Madrid for Uruguayan defender Diego Godin. The 32-year-old has 12 months remaining on his contract and Manchester Evening News say he has a clause in his deal that allows him to depart the Wanda Metropolitano for £18m.

United manager Jose Mourinho has been linked with a host of centre-backs this summer – Tottenham Hotspur’s Toby Alderweireld, Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti, Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane – as he could be losing Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo.

The centre-back pair hardly featured last season and are in the last year of their contracts, so United may cash in on them if there’s interest. Victor Lindelof has been linked with a loan move away from Old Trafford after an indifferent debut season too.

Should the aforementioned trio leave United, at least one replacement will be required. Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly would need an experienced head alongside them, which is why Godin could be perfect for Mourinho. The 118-cap centre-back joined Atleti from Villarreal in 2010 and has gone on to make 350 appearances in all competitions. He’s won two Europa Leagues, one Liga title and one Copa Del Rey.

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