United Linked With Atletico Defender Godin
The Uruguay international has been watched by United scouts, according to the Daily Telegraph and the paper suggests Louis van Gaal may sanction the payment of Godin’s £28.5million release fee.
But that’s where United’s problems begin. Godin turns 29 in February and will have little or no re-sale value at the end of a contract of four or five years’ length.
Godin has spent seven years in Spanish football, the last four of which were with Atletico Madrid. He has made over 150 appearances for the club, scoring 14 goals including the equaliser against Barcelona in May that secured the side’s first La Liga title in 18 years.
United have been linked with Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels, but he is unlikely to quit the Bundesliga side in January despite them having slumped to bottom place in the league at the weekend.
Godin may be classed as one of the world’s top defenders, but he has a hefty price tag and Louis van Gaal may think twice about paying £28.5million for a player of his age.
Manchester United Transfer Target In Qatar Link
Manchester United were linked in October with Ghana international striker Abdul Majeed Waris, who plays for Turkish side Trabzonspor.
Now comes news that a side from the Qatar Stars League has bid £9.5million for Waris, at least according to Trabzonspor president Ibrahim Haciosmanoglu.
The 23-year-old only moved to Turkey in September from Russian side Spartak Moscow. He had hardly set the world alight in Russia scoring only once for Spartak in three seasons with the club. He did have a good loan spell in France last season where he scored nine goals in 16 Ligue 1 games for Valenciennes. But his only goal for Trabzonspor in 12 league and cup games came in the Europa League defeat to Belgian side Lokeren in October.
“We have a €12million bid from Qatar for Waris,” Haciosmanogle told a Turkish television station.
Waris’s agent, Phil Bradley, claims to have been unaware of any interest from United. Trabzonspor claimed that United assistant manager Ryan Giggs made a trip to Turkey to watch the striker in action.
A bid to match the one from Qatar looks unlikely to come from United for a player whose good form only comes in streaks. His average for Valenciennes of better than a goal every other game has only been matched during one season. That was during the 2012 campaign in Sweden where he scored 23 goals in 26 games for Hacken, a feat that earned him a £2.3million to Spartak later that summer. Even that followed a season where he scored just three times in 16 games.
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