Diego Godin is likely to join Manchester United in the January transfer window. Sources understands Jose Mourinho is lining up a £20m deal for the Atletico Madrid defender.
Mourinho is desperate to strengthen his leaky defence and has made Godin his No.1 target.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes told Starsport: “It looks as though Mourinho’s prayers for a world class centre-half will be answered in January with the seemingly imminent arrival of Godin.”
United have tried to land Godin in the past but have never been able to finalise a deal.
But Starsport understands executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has held positive talks with Atletico and is confident of luring the Uruguay international to Old Trafford.
Another source however, claim Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld is a more realistic addition.
Mourinho wanted to sign the Belgium international in the summer but Woodward baulked at Spurs’ £60m asking price.
United could return to the negotiating table during the mid-season sales because Alderweireld’s value drops to £25.4m next summer.
And Old Trafford chiefs could prioritise Alderweireld due to the potential of a cut-price deal.
David de Gea has been accused by MARCA of leading a ‘double life’ as his struggles between the sticks continue.
The Spaniard was partly to blame for Croatia’s first two goals in the Nations League earlier this week, which has called into question whether Kepa Arrizabalaga should be made Spain’s first-choice goalkeeper.
De Gea has also made some mistakes for Manchester United in recent weeks.
And Spanish media have taken aim at the stopper, accusing him of leading a ‘double life’.
MARCA claim De Gea is one player for United and an entirely different player when representing his national team.
But the publication does attempt to defend the 28-year-old, claiming the national team has ‘problems’.