Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has ruled out his captain Diego Godin leaving the club for Manchester United for anything less than £20m.
Reports surfaced in national newspapers this week that United had made Godin a top target in January given their current injury crisis in defence and a need to keep going with the recruitment drive Louis van Gaal started in the summer.
Godin captained Atletico to a shock La Liga title last season, scoring the goal that sealed the trophy for them on the final day and then went on to score the opening goal in the Champions League final a week later.
Godin also captained his country in the World Cup this summer and has all the qualities to be a top signing for United but Diego Simeone seemed unmoved by the rumours.
When asked whether Atletico would accept an offer from United for Godin, Simeon said: “Let’s talk about something else.
“How much? 20? For Godin? It must be a mistake.”
Whilst a manager is always going to deny any interest in one of his star players and the chance of a move away, United will hope they can use the same techniques that swayed other world class players such as Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao to join the club without Championship League football in the summer.
If not, Louis van Gaal is sure to have a list of other defensive targets should a move for Godin fail to materialise.