With forward thinking could Manchester United have signed Godin this summer?

Diego Godin is moving on this summer but Manchester United may have missed the boat.

As reported by Talk Sport, the Uruguayan will bid farewell to Atletico Madrid, with Inter Milan his likely destination.

And United fans will be sad to hear that he did, indeed, reject a move to Old Trafford in 2018.

How the Red Devils could have done with the 33-year-old this season. And one wonders if, with some forward thinking, they could have got him 12 months on.

After all, Godin still has plenty to offer. And he could be the ideal partner for an ever-improving Victor Lindelof.

If the centre-back heads to Serie A, it will be yet more proof that United need a director of football. Such a figure could have oiled the wheels for a Godin move behind the scenes months ago.

Instead, there has been a scatter-gun approach to transfers, offering for one big name after another and moving on at the first sign of resistance.

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Things may be changing with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the helm. Yet Godin could have slipped through their grasp.

A director of football can be patient and they can be smart: two words that cannot be applied to United’s recent transfer activity.

Time has run out to convince Godin to head to England. And it should be a warning that change is required.

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Vincent is the Senior Managing Editor of Freshered. He was previously Head of Sixth Form at a secondary school in Kent, where he worked with hundreds of 16 to 19-year-olds over eight years.