New Delhi: Manchester United are keen to sign Atletico Madrid central defender Diego Godin. With the transfer window re-opening on January, Louis van Gaal looks tempted to recruit the Uruguayan who has been named in the FIFA's shortlist of Europe's best defenders for the 2013-14 season.
According to reports Van Gaal is said has not ruled out meeting the 28-year-old's £28m buy-out clause with the Spanish champions.
The Uruguayan has been one of Atletico's most consistent performers over the past two years, guiding the team to the La Liga title and the Champions League final in 2013-14. He was a key figure in the Atletico team that won Spanish Super Cup and the UEFA Super Cup.
In the current season, he has so far started every match in the league, which is proof of the defender's vitality.
Godin will add a lot of experience in the United defence and can lead the backline with ease. United, who have been badly hit with injuries especially to the defenders, need a consistent performer and Godin fits the bill perfectly. The likes of Phil Jones, Johnny Evans and Chris Smalling have often been sidelined over the years for various injuries and lack leadership qualities.
In the central defending position, United added former Sporting Lisbon's versatile defender Marcos Rojo in their ranks in the summer, after the departure of veterans Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.
With the injury ridden back-line, United had to play the likes of academy graduates Tyler Blackett and Paddy Mcnair. They have been promising so far and the inclusion of a world class defender will help these youngsters learn further.
Earlier, United who were keen on Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels, signed a new deal with the German outfit. Reports suggest that presently the club are also looking at FC Basel's Fabian Schar, Real Madrid youngster Raphael Varane and Dynamo Kiev star Aleksandar Dragovic. Also Premier League experienced campaigners such as Aston Villa's Ron Vlaar and Stoke's Ryan Shawcross too have been linked with the English giants.
Manchester United who have had 41 different injuries this season, take on Stoke City in a crucial matchweek 14 encounter at home on Tuesday in the Premier League.