According to the Daily Mail, Diego Godin rejected the chance to move to Manchester United this summer, preferring to remain with Atletico Madrid.
The Red Devils were reportedly prepared to meet the Uruguayan’s release clause and offer him lucrative terms, but the 32-year-old has elected to stay put with Atleti.
United’s pursuit of a new centre-back this summer has been no secret, with Toby Alderweireld, Harry Maguire, Jerome Boateng and Yerry Mina all having been linked with moves to Old Trafford during this transfer window.
With the deadline fast approaching, a late move for Godin could have paid off handsomely had the defender opted to make the switch to the Premier League. Now, though, Jose Mourinho looks set to have to construct his back line with the options already available to him.
Plenty of United fans got very excited, albeit briefly, about the potential arrival of Godin. Many then took to Twitter to voice their disappointment at seeing the deal collapse…
My United have really let me down
— WɔɖzebɛyɛWo (@SiisiKwesi) 9 August 2018
True, the level at which players are against moving to United is scary
— Maxwell Ndhlovu (@Maxwel_TheGist) 9 August 2018
I understand him, I wouldn’t want to play alongside Phil Jones
— KING (@truenene) 9 August 2018
I reckon so many top players are receiving offers from United and they are being rejected because of Mourinho…if I was a top player I wouldn’t want to play for him in this modern era.
— Celery (@BjonyBjohnson) 9 August 2018
Godin would be ideal for United. Experienced, no nonsense defender who would be perfect to tutor Bailly, Lindelof etc. Can't see it happened though!
— Ryan Bamford (@Ryan_Bamf) August 9, 2018
…and United's approach for Diego Godin has been rejected.
We're a joke of a club!
— Cornel (@ekupnse16) August 9, 2018
I was excited for about 5 minutes when I thought we might sign Godin, But this is United we talking about.. we're a bit of a joke now 😐
— Still Gloryhunting.. (@M16_CAM) August 9, 2018
Everyone now has turned united into a joke😩
Boetang rejected man.utd
Wistel rejected man.utd
Kovavic also rejected man.utd
Now Godin 😭😭😭😭
— Dharyor_ice (@Adedayoice) August 9, 2018