But Mourinho's hopes were dashed after he was was told the Uruguayan worldwide has agreed a new deal with Atletico Madrid.
Jose Mourinho is hellbent on snapping up a new defender ahead of today's 5 pm transfer deadline.
According to reports from Sky Sports, United have made contact with Atletico Madrid for the Uruguayan worldwide.
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"I'm not confident, I'm not confident and the market closes today so is time at least for me to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed".
Now reports emerging from Spain suggest United have made a late effort to sign 32-year-old Godin, with Mourinho eager to add some experience to his defensive line.
It seems Man Utd have also made an audacious attempt to sign Godin as ESPN are one of several outlets reporting they have made it clear to Atletico Madrid they are willing to meet the defender's £18m release clause.
Obviously Godin would be a superb short-term addition if United were able to pull it off but it's looking highly unlikely unless things take a drastic change over the next couple of hours.
As a result, United could snap him up in time.