A leader and a champion defender, Godin has a huge admirer in Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.
It is believed that Manchester United were willing to pay off the 32-year old's £17.5 million release clause and had tabled a lucrative two-year contract worth £150,000-a-week in wages.
Godin, the captain of the Uruguay national side, is widely considered to be one of the best defenders in the world, and at 32, has plenty of experience.
Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth also opened up on United's Godin pursuit.
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Ahead of Thursday evening's transfer deadline the Red Devils have made various advances for Harry Maguire, Yerry Mina and Jerome Boateng as back-up options should they not push the Alderweireld deal over the line.
A host of defenders have been linked with a summer move to Old Trafford.
Godin in action for Atletico Madrid.
'I'm not confident, I'm not confident and the market closes today so it is time at least for me to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed, ' the Portuguese said at his Thursday press conference.
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A leader and tough uncompromising defender, he is a player Mourinho has coveted for some time and is a key component to Atletico where he has a strong relationship with coach Simeone and that relationship has led to a deadline day rejection.
United have signed three players this summer, with Diogo Dalot, Fred and Lee Grant being added to the squad.
"Behind the scenes, there was a suspicion they were being used as leverage by Godin's representatives to get a new deal from Atletico".
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