Rio Ferdinand identifies the defender Manchester United should sign on Twitter

Louis van Gaal should make a move for Atletico Madrid centre-back Diego Godin this month, according to former Manchester United favourite Rio Ferdinand.

Manchester United have been linked with moves for a host of centre-backs in the current transfer window, but Rio Ferdinand seems to think he’s identified the man who should be at the top of Louis van Gaal’s wishlist.

The Queens Park Rangers defender was watching Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin take on Real Madrid in Thursday night’s Copa del Rey tie, and liked the look of the Uruguayan enough to call on his former club to lodge a bid.

The Mirror in fact linked Godin with a move to Old Trafford last month, although manager Diego Simeone soon laughed off claims of a €20 million [£15.7m] fee being enough to acquire his services.

“Let's talk about something else,” he told the press, as quoted on ESPN.

“How much? 20? For Godin? It must be a mistake."

Godin, 28, was an integral part of the Atletico side which won the La Liga title and made the Champions League final last season, scoring the opening goal in the 4-1 extra-time defeat to rivals Real.

Signed from Villarreal in August 2010 for around €8 million, the 85-times capped international has also started all but two games for Simeone’s side this term, with the club sitting third in the league at present behind Real and Barcelona.

One of the more underrated centre-backs in European football, he would no doubt be an excellent addition to Van Gaal’s side but, given that Atletico are competing on all front at present, a switch to Old Trafford this month looks to be out of the question.

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