Five reasons Manchester United should sign Atletico's Diego Godin

Manchester United have been linked with a £28.5million move for Atletico Madrid's Diego Godin.

According to The Mirror, Manchester United are considering a move for Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin in January. 

Louis van Gaal is determined to strengthen his injury-hit defence with top-quality additions and his scouts have been watching the Madrid outfit's dominant centre-back.

The 28-year-old is under contract with Spanish champions Atletico until June 2018, but it is understood that he has a €36m (£28.5m) release clause in his deal at the Vicente Calderon - a fee which would not prove prohibitive to United.

Here's five reasons the Uruguay international would be an excellent signing for Manchester United:

1) Aerial Prowess; Godin's aerial expertise is by-far his biggest strength. The Uruguayan international is near-unstoppable in this department, as his season statistics suggest. Already this term he has been successful in 75% of his headed duels, winning an average 3.23 contests per match; more than Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones.

  Aerial Won/ AppAerial Success (%)AppsMins
Chris Smalling 2.63 65.71 8 593
Marcos Rojo 2.33 60 9 776
Phil Jones 2 80 4 360
Jonny Evans 1.75 66.67 3 210
Diego Godin 3.23 75 13 1170

3) Leadership; Godin is charged with arranging the back four at Atletico, and his vocal presence is essential to forming Diego Simeone's disciplined defensive unit. The primary concern with Louis van Gaal's current side, is the lack of a domineering leader at the heart of the defence; a factor Godin's arrival would instantly solve.

5) Experience; At 28 years of age, Godin has a wealth of experience to hand. In the past two years alone, he has guided his team to a La Liga title and a Champions League final (2013-14). Meanwhile, he was a key figure in the team that won the Spanish Super Cup and the UEFA Super Cup.

4) Goal Threat; Chris Smalling may have scored the opening goal against Hull last Saturday, but this strike proved a rarity. The Red Devils have lacked a genuine defensive goal threat since the departure of Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra. Godin has two goals to his name this term - both of which have come from headers - averaging 0.15 per match.

  GoalsGoals/ AppTotal Shots/ App
Chris Smalling 1 0.13 1.13
Diego Godin 2 0.15 0.62

5) Assured in possession; Godin is assured when in possession, and he has the confidence to bring play forward into the middle third. He has completed 100% of his take ons this term, and while his pass completion rate isn't particularly high - due to the more audacious passes he attempts - he is more than capable of adapting to Van Gaal's possession-based style of play.

  Pass Acc (%)Dribbles/ AppDribble Succ (%)
Jonny Evans 87 0 0
Marcos Rojo 88 0.44 100
Phil Jones 89 0.5 66.67
Chris Smalling 90 0.63 100
Michael Keane 76 0.46 100

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