Jose Mourinho appears to have been in right in having little confidence at this morning’s press conference as Manchester United continue their struggle to bring in a centre-back. According to Sky Sports, their latest attempt, which was to secure Diego Godin after paying his release clause, has failed.
Manchester United’s defensive woes are set to continue at least until January of the 2018/19 Premier League season as their search for a centre-back to partner Eric Bailly is not going according to plan. Reports have suggested that Toby Alderweireld, Harry Maguire, Jerome Boateng and Diego Godin have all been targets for Manchester United but all four potential deals have failed.
Tottenham appear to prefer keeping their star defender for another season and allowing his contract to run out next summer, which may give them time to negotiate a new deal. Two bids for Harry Maguire were rejected and Manchester United appear to have turned away from the English defender after Leicester’s asking price was too high.
Claude Puel revealed today that “I can confirm he will be going to Manchester…but only for a few hours on Friday night”. His joke was quickly recognized by the journalists.
The approach for Jerome Boateng also failed as the player rejected the chance to work with Mourinho because he didn’t believe United could achieve his goal of winning another Champions League trophy.
Diego Godin, whose contract expires at the end of the season has a release clause of around £18 million which Manchester United were willing to pay after the Uruguayan’s agent told Mourinho his player was keen on the move. However, this appeared to be a financial tactic to get Atletico to give their defender a new deal which appears to be around £6.75 million per year even though United were willing to pay £8 million per year.
It can be expected that Mourinho will continue his search for a centre-back until the official deadline at 5 PM but his chances are looking very dire at the moment.
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