Man United must match £28.5m release clause to sign La Liga centre-back

Manchester United have been dealt a big blow in their chase for Atletico Madrid star Diego Godin, with the La Liga champions demanding United pay his release clause of £28.5million, Express reports.

The Red Devils were extremely keen on signing the highly rated centre-back, with a bid of £16million on the cards to bring him to Old Trafford this January.

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However it seems that Atletico do not want to sell another defensive star after already losing goalkeeper Thiabut Courtois and left-back Filipe Luis to Chelsea in the summer.

But if the Red Devils are willing to splash £28.5million for his services, then Atletico cannot stop the Uruguayan discussing a potential switch to United.

United manager Louis van Gaal has had to deal with a fair share of injuries especially in defence, and will look to strengthen the back-line in the upcoming transfer window.

Man United have won five consecutive games, with the latest result a 2-1 win over Southampton on Monday.