Man Utd considering January move for Diego Godin – report

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United are looking at Diego Godin as a potential defensive reinforcement in the January transfer window, per The Telegraph.

Mark Ogden reports Louis van Gaal‘s scouts have watched Godin in action on more than one occasion and see the experienced centre-back as a long-term solution to United’s defensive problems.

Godin boasts an excellent fitness record which is one reason why Van Gaal may be looking at him. No player in Atletico Madrid’s side has played more minutes this season than Godin and only three players, including goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, had more game time than Godin in the 2013/14 La Liga season.

With a €36m (£28.5m) release clause in his contract, price wouldn’t be an issue for United and when you consider Eliaquim Mangala cost Manchester City £32m in the summer, Godin’s price is well within market trends.

At 28, he’d be another older signing but experience is exactly what United’s defence currently lacks and Godin could become a defensive leader. The fact he has a proven record of staying fit for a season will also be an attraction for United given how injury prone the current centre-backs are.

Godin wouldn’t have much re-sale value but recent signings suggest a shift in trends from United in that they are prepared to sign older, more established players.

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