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Manchester United make Diego Godin transfer enquiry - sources

Manchester United make Diego Godin transfer enquiry - sources


LONDON -- Mauricio Pochettino is not expecting Tottenham Hotspur to make any signings before Thursday's deadline but insists he is happy with his squad and that the club will be competitive this season.

Spurs are yet to sign or sell any senior players, and the Premier League transfer window closes at 5 p.m. BST.

"It's so difficult now because it's only four hours until the end and I don't have news now," Pochettino told a news conference. "In four hours it will be difficult to sign some players.

"I am happy to keep all the squad together. There's [been] many rumours during the summer about players out. The club made a massive effort to extend contracts like Harry Kane. There's are many other examples.

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"The club is making an amazing effort to finish our stadium as soon as possible. This summer we finish the lodge at the training ground. It's a massive effort.

"Of course it's difficult to understand for people that Tottenham didn't sign or sell a player, but sometimes in football you need to behave differently and we're happy with our squad. If we cannot improve our squad it's better to keep our squad all together. We believe in our squad a lot."

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Pochettino, who takes his side to Newcastle United for their first Premier League match of the season on Saturday, added that having club captain Hugo Lloris return to the club as a World Cup winner can help build a winning mentality at Tottenham.

"Now we have the captain that is the world champion," he said. "He lifted the trophy. I think that is a fantastic experience to translate to our team. I have no doubt that we're going to be competitive, with or without signings."

Manchester United have made an enquiry about the availability of Diego Godin but are not confident a deal can be done before the deadline, sources have told ESPN FC.

Jose Mourinho is desperate to sign a centre-back and turned his attention to Godin last week.

Sources say United made it clear they would be willing to pay the 32-year-old's €20 million release clause while doubling his salary to €9m a year after tax.

However, they are yet to receive any encouragement from the Uruguay international that he would consider a move to Old Trafford and expect him to sign a new deal with Atletico.

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United are not expecting that stance to change before Thursday's 5 p.m. deadline for incoming Premier League transfers and sources have told ESPN FC that the chances of making another signing are diminishing.

Godin, who joined Atletico from La Liga rivals Villarreal in 2010, has just one year to go on his contract with Diego Simeone's side. Sources have told ESPN FC that Godin's sister, who acts as his representative, is in the Spanish capital. 

There was a similar situation in the summer of 2015 when Manchester City offered to pay Godin's release clause, then set at €40m. Just days later, Atletico reacted and by offering him a new contract, increased four-year contract.

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Mourinho said on Thursday he is "not confident" of signing a new defender before the start of the season.

Jerome Boateng, Toby Alderweireld and Harry Maguire remain options but sources have told ESPN FC there is an acceptance time is not on their side.

Leicester City manager Claude Puel has warned United that a deadline day transfer for Maguire is impossible, and praised the England international's attitude amid the speculation over his future.

The 25-year-old will be in Leicester's squad for Friday's Premier League opener at Old Trafford and Puel joked: "I can confirm he is going to Manchester but only for a couple of hours.

"I am happy to keep Harry. He is our best player. I am a football manager and I want to keep our best players for the squad and for our season.

"Harry is happy to remain with us. And I am happy with his attitude. He came back with [Leicester and England teammate] Jamie [Vardy] with a smile, with freshness."

He added: "For us it [a Maguire transfer] is not possible. It is not serious. We have to prepare for this season with good possibilities.

"We want to keep good ambition. We lost Riyad Mahrez [to Manchester City], who was a very valuable player for us, so it was important to keep our best players and have good additions to the squad."

Information from Reuters and ESPN FC's Eduardo Fernandez-Abascal was used in this report