Diego Godin’s contract at Atletico Madrid runs down at the end of next season and the defender reportedly has a €20m release clause in his contract.
In the last 24 hours or so, there has been talk about Manchester United’s reported interest in signing the Uruguayan international in the summer transfer window. From what we have found out, it was first mentioned on social media platforms that Spanish newspaper AS is the source behind this information.
Sport Witness took a look (tweet included) on Monday in AS’ newspaper and online edition to find out if there were any claims about the Red Devils’ interest in Godin.
Unfortunately, we were unable to track the story which talks about United’s interest in the Atletico Player. Today, the Manchester Evening News have cited AS as the source and carried a story saying United “identify Diego Godin as potential summer bargain”.
The same report also talks about interest from Juventus, which was mentioned by AS on Monday.
The MEN’s report has been picked up in Italy. Tuttosport’s online edition cites the Manchester Evening News as the source and mentions Godin to Manchester United. It is now picked up by Mundo Deportivo.
Mundo’s report suggests they’ve also got the information from an English source, stating ‘from England it is noted…’. They also talk about United and Juventus’ interest in Godin, but they stress that neither the player, nor Atletico want a transfer this summer.
So, it was mentioned that AS reported about United’s interest in Godin, which was then picked up the Manchester Evening News and the latter’s report was used as a source by Tuttosport.
Mundo Deportivo have picked up where Tuttosport have left, but they went on to suggest that the player is unlikely to leave Atletico. This could be true if you believe another report from today’s edition of AS.
Atletico are now working on extending Godin’s contract. There is no mention of interest from United. If they were the primary source for the Red Devils’ interest in the centre-back on Monday, there would have a mention of Mourinho’s side in today’s report.
The La Liga runners-up have already opened talks with their player regarding the new contract, before he flew to Russia with Uruguay. However, nothing was agreed. Atletico have been in discussion with people close to Godin as they look to extend his contract beyond 2019.
AS claims the two parties will restart negotiating after the World Cup. Atletico remain confident that Godin will stay at the Wanda Metropolitano. Even if Manchester United are interested in Godin (and the whole thing is more than questionable), it looks like his futures lies with the Spanish club.