United Approach Atletico Over Signing Of Diego Godin

Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld, Leicester's Harry Maguire, Barcelona's Yerry Mina and Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng have all been pursued this summer.

Signing Godin at this late stage would be incredible business by United, but it is also highly hard.

The Uruguayan centre-half would have been able to move for just £17.5 million this summer and it's easy to see why Jose Mourinho viewed him as a short-term solution to the problem in the heart of the Red Devils' back four.

That quick turnaround has infuriated the Portuguese manager who now believes that the agent's agenda was always to get his 32-year-old client an improved contract.

A report from Sky Sports News suggested contact had been made between United and Atletico Madrid over the possibility of signing Diego Godin. It is understood that the defender is likely to sign a new contract with Los Rojiblancos instead.

United had offered to pay his release clause and £150,000 a week but Godin is intrinsic to Diego Simeone's plans and settled in Madrid.

The Red Devils have spent the day frantically chasing a defender - but it appears they will end up with no-one coming through the door.

United are in the market for a new centre-back but have faced frustration over their top targets.

Manchester United made an eleventh hour effort to sign Uruguayan global Diego Godin, but their advances have been rebuffed by the defender.

The fanbase if starting to grow exhausted of the 55-year-old and a first title challenge since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement seems to be a must.