Manchester United made a last-ditch attempt to bring Diego Godin to Old Trafford before the close of the English transfer market.
Sky Sports reports that the Reds had been forced to take measures to placate unhappy manager Jose Mourinho, who has made no secret of his disappointment at the lack of ability among the club’s hierarchy to bring in new players over the summer.
The satellite channel maintained the Premier League club tried to bring in the Atletico Madrid central defender before the deadline, while the Uruguay international is alleged to have turned down the offer of a €9m-a-year salary.
Godin, however, has recently been handed a pay rise at the Wanda Metropolitano, and it would not be the first time the experienced 32-year-old has turned down an offer from abroad; he has never been tempted by moves to the Premier League, Serie A or Ligue 1 during his time in Spain.
Mourinho’s misery in the summer transfer window was also compounded when Barcelona defender Yerry Mina rejected a move to United in favour of Everton, the Mancunians having raised their initial bid for the player to €30m.