Manchester United are considering a January bid for Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin with a renewed attempt to sign Mats Hummels looking unlikely, reports The Telegraph.
Louis van Gaal is preparing to reinforce his defence in the January transfer window to ease an injury crisis that has seen Rafael, Phil Jones, Jonny Evans, Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo all miss at least a month of action. A shortlist of targets has been drawn up and Godin is the most recent addition.
Having seen veterans Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic leave during the summer, Van Gaal was keen to sign two defenders that could become long-term successors. Rojo joined from Sporting Lisbon for £16 million but moves for Thomas Vermaelen and Mats Hummels failed.
The Manchester United have been harshly punished for the failure to add more experience to his back-line and has had to hand debuts to Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair as a result. Godin could bring some much-needed relief should he join in January.
His impressive fitness record at Atletico Madrid, coupled with his vast experience has attracted Manchester United. The 28-year-old is contracted until 2018 at the Vicente Calderon and has a release clause of £28.5 million.
Big spending continues
The same report claims Manchester United would have no problems meeting that asking price. Spending £150 million in the summer, Manchester United officials have shown a willingness to pull out all the stops to get the names Van Gaal wants.
Godin's emergence as a potential signing has emerged after it became clear that Borussia Dortmund will do everything they can to keep Hummels until the summer. Jurgen Klopp finds himself in the midst of a relegation battle and his inspirational captain will be key to turning things around.
Ron Vlaar is another potential target and his contract situation at Aston Villa continues to be monitored in Manchester. However, Ed Woodward, the United executive vice-chairman, made it clear to investor's that no short-term signings will be made in January.
“We're not looking to enter the market for short-term fixes,” Woodward said in a conference call. “However, we have targets that we are looking at for next summer and should any of those become available in January, which is rare, we will consider acting.”