European giants reportedly after Godín

Reports in Europe claim Juve and Chelsea have their sights set on the Uruguayan

Godín to be sold off in January?  (clubatleticodemadrid.com)

Godín to be sold off in January?
(clubatleticodemadrid.com)

According to Spanish paper AS, Atlético central defender Diego Godín is on both Juventus’ and Chelsea’s wish lists for the upcoming winter transfer window.

The Uruguayan, who arrived at Atleti from Villarreal in the summer of 2010, has only featured in three of our 12 encounters this season in all competitions.

He did not make his debut in league play until our away loss at the Camp Nou.

Over the summer, Godín was unable to take part in most of his national team’s title-winning participation in the Copa América due to a muscle injury, and later because of an illness.

AS claims he is just now returning to full strength, and this could explain why Rojiblanco boss Gregorio Manzano hasn’t handed him more starts this year.

Juve apparently wanted to snatch up Godín this past summer, but AS reporter Jorge García writes, “Atlético had no intention of selling [Godín] until they could confirm Miranda’s ability.”

The Bianconeri were reportedly first interested in the 25-year-old way back in 2007, but their coach at the time, Claudio Ranieri, opted for Portuguese centre-back Jorge Andrade instead.

Juventus aren’t the only European giant to renew their interest in the Uruguay international though.

According to Italian website tuttomercatoweb.com, Chelsea are prepared to up the ante to acquire the defender’s services.

The Premiere League heavyweights have twice had offers for Godín rejected by Atlético, with failed bids being submitted both in last year’s winter transfer window and this past summer.

The Blues’ last offer was rumoured to be for €12 million, but they are reportedly set to propose a €15 million deal in January to take Godín to Stamford Bridge.

Do you think Atleti should try to hold on to Diego?


  • Lubo

    I believe he must stay. He was very good last season until his first injury and I still think that full-strength Godín is better than Perea and Miranda together. Also he has best years ahead of him. Alvaro + Godín = best central defenders we have.
    And I don’t see any better and proven centre-back in the world we can buy for that money. Maybe Porto’s Otamendi, but he does not possess the EU passport and perhaps he would cost us a lot more money.

  • Ringo

    Well, having all three of Miranda, Godin and Dominguez could work out fine. If they play about equally, they’re used to both partners, if I’m right, which could come in very handy. Perea as experienced back-up and Pulido coming through the ranks, could mean a bright future for the Atleti central defense. Now all that’s needed is some nice back-up for the wings, since Lopez and Perea aren’t exactly the greatest wingbacks…
    But well, first, some money is needed, of course.
    Of course the money for Godin could be nice, but I just think he’s too handy to let go and the past few games, he was starting for the team, which is a good sign for him, in my opinion.
    Chelsea is a bigger club, but I don’t think he’s much needed over there. I’m not entirely sure about Juventus.
    Still, I just hope he stays.

  • javi

    Godin has not impressed me at all since he came in. I dont know who we could replace him with but we have a couple of months to look around, maybe we can find a good replacement while Pulido grows.

  • 92

    I agree with Javi, Godin hasn’t been quite the same player he was with Villarreal, when they reached the CL semifinals and finished 2nd in La Liga 07-08, and the Uruguayan team, when he plays for us, perhaps because as Lubo says, he was injured his 1st season, but it’s been almost 2 years since we bought him, and I’ve seen some good and bad matches from him, and if you play for Atleti you have to be a consistent player, I have nothing against Godin, he is a great player, it’s just that either he is not at his top level or the Atleti jersey doesn’t suit him at all. At the moment, I agree with Ringo, but I think Godin needs to improve.

  • starvs

    I agree that for 15m Godin may be expendable thanks to Miranda’s solid play. Perea is a capable backup (at CB at least), and Pulido is coming up.

    That being said it is always good to have more quality than you can use, injuries certainly happen. I’d like to keep him at least until the end of the year though, and ideally longer, I think him and Dominator can form a really formidable partnership for decades to come.

  • Jose Ignacio Perez-Laorga

    This is plain simple. If Chelsea wants him, then they should give us courtois for good, don’t you think. We could really use this trade