£20m Godin 'keen' on United deal
Manchester United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is confident of signing centre-back Diego Godin from Atletico Madrid in January.
Jose Mourinho remains in the market for a centre-back after the club failed to deliver any of his top targets in the summer and Godin is at the top of the Portuguese's wish list.
The Atletico defender was one of the players Mourinho targeted after the World Cup but he gave United short shrift and opted to stay in Spain. However, Woodward has reportedly held "several rounds of talks" with Godin and believes a deal can be struck when the winter transfer window opens.
It is claimed that United are prepared to pay 32-year-old Godin's £20million release clause and that the player is keen to move to the Premier League before it's too late.
Meanwhile, United are also monitoring Gremio striker Everton Soares ahead of a possible swoop. It's claimed that United scouts have been watching the 22-year-old forward, who made his debut for Brazil in September and is valued at £30million.
United, however, could lose Ander Herrera despite the club's desire to extend his contract beyond the end of the season.
Spaniard Herrera, 29, is happy at United but is concerned about his lack of game time and could consider a move away if he finds himself back on the periphery as he was at the start of the season.
There are also reports that Alexis Sanchez has hit rock bottom at Old Trafford.
The Chilean striker was reportedly furious at being left on the bench for the Manchester derby and is currently at his lowest ebb since joining the club in January from Arsenal.
Sanchez, 29, is said to have been openly critical with the team's defending in the 3-1 loss to City and was disappointed by United's defensive approach to the game at the Etihad Stadium.