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Manchester United have reportedly switched their focus to Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin in their frantic search for a new centre-back.

Godin emerged as a late candidate to solve United's central defender crisis and his release clause at Atletico Madrid made the move look relatively realistic. The Red Devils have been scouring the market for a new defensive addition, but so far have failed to make any progress in their pursuit.

But just hours later centre-back Godin had signed a new contract on improved terms believed to be €7.5million a year at the Wanda Metropolitano.

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

United, as their defensive signing options were drying up, made a late attempt to sign the Uruguay worldwide. The 32-year old was named in World Cup 2018's dream team after his rock-solid performances for Uruguay. But Uruguay's signing can be a great news for the fans as he is considered as one of the best defender's in La Liga. However, the 121-time capped Uruguayan worldwide feels settled in the Spanish capital and enjoys an excellent relationship with his current boss Simeone, which has led to him rejecting the English giants' overtures.

Leicester City's Harry Maguire, Tottenham Hotspur's Toby Alderweireld and Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng have been said to be Mourinho's preferred options.

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