Manchester United Transfer Talk: Diego Godin, Harry Maguire


Manchester United are now in full summer transfer window mode now. Yes, they have one more game to play, on Championship Sunday against already relegated Cardiff City, but it’s pretty meaningless as United are already officially demoted to UEFA Europa League next season.

Why not look ahead to the long and arduous rebuild? There are two names making a lot of waves in United transfer talk today, and both are central defenders. As you might have heard, United need big time upgrades at this position, and they have been trying quite hard to acquire those upgrades for some time.

diego godin

We start with Diego Godin, the 33-year-old who announced just today that he is leaving Atletico Madrid for Inter Milan at the end of the season. Godin has been widely linked with a move to United in the past and today he revealed that he did in fact turn down a chance to play for Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United.

‘The most beautiful phase of my career and my life comes to an end. I’m proud to have been a part of this club’s history. I’m very thankful,” Godin said at a very emotional, tear-filled press conference.

“I refused a Manchester United bid one year ago because I decided to stay at Atlético Madrid. ‘Now – one year later – it’s time to go.”

Godin leaves the Spanish capital after what will be his ninth year at the club.

Elsewhere we have another old transfer narrative being regurgitated again- Leicester City man Harry Maguire. Today’s news indicates that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be given the green light to restart pursuit of the young Englishman.

And the twist in the story- United could break club and perhaps world spending records in order to acquire this player that the Foxes don’t have any real interest in parting with. The Evening Standard reports that Liverpool centre back Virgil van Dijk, the reigning PFA Player of the Year, could be in danger of seeing his “world’s most expensive defender” status eclipsed.

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  1. Anonymous says

    Its good for united to do whatever they can to bring in the rightful defender migurer

  2. Shem Gibson says

    Its good for united to do whatever they can to bring in the rightful defender migurer

  3. Brian McKie says

    He Maguire is not the world class defender that Manchester United should acquire. He is not even world
    class. There are far better defenders in the world at
    a more sensible price.30 millions would be too much for him.What United need is an midfielder style centre back
    with great interception skills and is cool under pressure
    with visionary passing skills. Harry Maguire is not on this
    level.Bobby Moore is a great example what United need
    at this present time.

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