Manchester City facing Dortmund tug-of-war for Godin

The Bundesliga side have entered the race to signed the Atletico Madrid defender

Manuel Pellegrini’s hopes of landing additional defensive reinforcements in the shape of La Liga defender Diego Godin appear to have hit a snag after it was revealed the Borussia Dortmund are similarly keen on the player.

A report on the website indicates that manager Jurgen Klopp has identified the Uruguayan as a potential January addition, with the German side looking to challenge Bayern Munich for major honours both domestically and on the continent.

Pellegrini meanwhile, is looking to bolster Manchester City’s defensive options, with Godin seen as the ideal mix of strength and experience to add the Blues backline.

The Chilean manager is under pressure to land a new defender after coming under criticism from some fans and sections of the media for the signing of veteran centre back Martin Demichelis over the summer.

Released by Malaga, the Argentinean had, ironically enough, just signed for Atletico Madrid.

But City moved for the player after key defender Vincent Kompany was ruled out for the start of the season, paying the Spaniards a hefty £4.2 million for the 32-year-old.

Disaster then struck when Demichelis was ruled out for six weeks after damaging knee ligaments in training.

Manchester City will be hoping to avoid a repeat with Godin, who arrives at the club as a Europa League and Copa Del Rey winner with Atleti.

Pellegrini previously worked with the Uruguayan during his time at Villarreal, giving the Chilean the edge should it come down to it against Dortmund.

Atletico and Godin are no strangers to big-money offers from the Premier League either, with Chelsea previously bidding for both the defender and then striker Sergio Aguero as part of a package worth £50 million just over two years ago.

And with Dortmund now entering the race to land the defender, Manchester City may be forced to splash the cash if they wish to capture the player.

image: © Asia Kuczek

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