Luciano Spalletti hoping to lure Diego Godin to Serie A


Serie A giants are working on a deal to bring Atletico Madrid captain Diego Godin to Italy next season, with the Uruguayan’s contract set to expire in the Spanish capital this summer.

Godin, 32, was a transfer target for Manchester United in the summer of 2018, however he opted to remain in Spain – citing family reasons for his decision.

Media reports in both the UK and Spain have claimed that Godin is unhappy with the club’s delay in offering him a new contract, after eight and a half trophy laden years with Los Colchoneros.

However manager Diego Simeone claimed in mid week that the club is working hard with Godin’s representatives to seal a deal that would suit all parties in the coming weeks.

If Godin agrees a new deal in Madrid, it is likely to bring him on to wage parity with team mates Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa, however one stumbling block could be the length of the contract on the table from Atletico.

Inter, who are allowed to speak with the defender as he is now inside the final six months of his contract, are reportedly offering a two year deal, with an extension for a third year, alongside an increase in salary.

Godin has been the defensive lynchpin in Simeone’s Atletico side, winning the La Liga title in 2013-14 and two Europa League titles, as well as two Champions League runners up finishes, and he will not give up on his skipper without a fight.

A move to Italy could see Godin’s career prolonged, as he enters into his mid thirties his game time is likely to be limited in the intense surroundings of La Liga, however Serie A has consistently proven to be ideal for players looking to extend their careers for a few more seasons.

A move to the San Siro would boost Spalletti’s defensive options, particularly as he has struggled to settle on a regular back four so far this season.

Milan Skriniar, Stefan de Vrij and Godin’s former Atletico team mate Joao Miranda have rotated at centre back, with midfielder Roberto Romagnoli  also slotting into defence as Spalletti has tinkered with his line up.

Godin would add experience, alongside the likes of Skriniar and Romagnoli, but there could be concerns about whether or not he would be a first team starter.

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