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.
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