Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has rubbished recent reports that Manchester United could sign centre-back Diego Godin this winter in a €20 million deal.
Godin, 28, was an integral part of the Atletico side which won the 2013-14 La Liga title and progressed to the Champions League final, scoring the opening goal in the 4-1 extra-time defeat to Real Madrid.
With Louis van Gaal’s desire to strengthen United’s back-line in the coming transfer window no secret, it had previously been reported this week that the club were keen to acquire the Uruguay international’s services, with a €20 million asking price quoted.
However, when questioned on the rumours, Simeone was quick to laugh them off, insisting Van Gaal will have to look elsewhere for reinforcements.
"Let's talk about something else," he told reporters. "How much? Twenty? For Godin?
"It must be a mistake."
Signed from Villarreal in August 2010 for around €8 million, Godin scored eight goals in 51 total appearances for Atletico last season, before starting all four of La Celeste’s games at the World Cup this past summer.
The 85-times capped defender has also been an ever-present for Simeone’s side this season, with the club sitting third in the league at present behind Real Madrid and Barcelona.