Atletico Madrid have informed Manchester United that they will not consider selling prized asset Diego Godin for less than his £28.5 million buyout clause.
The Daily Express is reporting that the Spanish club are willing to sell their star defender, but only if the Old Trafford side match up to their demands.
Godin is considered to be one of the most talented defenders plying his trade in Europe today.
He would also offer the physical presence that Man Utd have lacked since the departure of Nemanja Vidic in the summer.
Their defence has been left repeatedly exposed by sides playing more physical football, with Marouane Fellaini regularly drafted in to cover at the back.
Godin scored the header that won Atletico Madrid the league last season, away from home against FC Barcelona.
While Diego Simeone would undoubtedly be loath to lose one of his more integral players, he has shown an ability to rebuild his side.
Atletico have barely suffered since the summer departures of Thibaut Courtois, Filipe Luis and Diego Costa, all of whom now play under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.
As a result, they would likely be able to deal with Godin’s departure, assuming they can get a fee reflecting his £28.5 million value from Man Utd.