Atletico Madrid reject Man Utd approach for Godin - Simeone key

Kurt Zouma spent last season on loan at Stoke

The 32-year old will be the club's captain this season and wants to continue working with them with no intentions to leave.

United then tried to peruse, Bayern's Jerome Boateng, Barca's Yerry Mina, and Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld but could not finalize the move with any one of them.

Manchester United are reportedly chasing a deal to sign Diego Godin.

A leader and a champion defender, Godin has a huge admirer in Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.

The 32-year-old has been one of the best central defenders in world football since joining Atletico from Villarreal in 2010 and he was once again a star performer for Uruguay at the World Cup this summer.

Though the Uruguay worldwide was flattered by United's interest he has opted to stay at Atletico.

With Godin snubbing the Red Devils, Leicester not willing to budge on their stance with regard to Maguire and Alderweireld's move dependent on Spurs being able to bringing in a replacement before the deadline, a new defender arriving at the Old Trafford before the window closes is starting to look highly improbable.

"Within hours, Godin had signed a new contract on improved terms at Atletico Madrid, earning him €7.5m-a-year net".

Although Jose Mourinho indicated in his press conference on Thursday morning that he wasn't hopeful any deals would be concluded in time for the 5pm deadline, that wasn't enough to stop United being linked with a new name.

"So I will have to focus on the players I have".

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

United have signed three players this transfer window, Diogo Dalot, Fred, and Lee Grant.

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