Diego Godin
Atletico Madrid's Diego Godin, seen here celebrating a goal in the UEFA Champions League Final against rival Real Madrid, is rumored to be headed to Bayern Munich REUTERS/Sergio Perez

With less than nine days left in this summer’s transfer window, the champions of the German Bundesliga, Bayern Munich are looking to solidify their stranglehold over German soccer. According to reports, Bayern has offered Atlético Madrid $45 million dollars for Uruguayan defenseman, Diego Godín. Bayern’s manager, Pep Guardiola, has been actively campaigning for Godin since Javi Martínez went down with a season ending knee injury a week ago in the German Super Cup.

Godín is considered one of the best center backs in Soccer and was crucial in Atlético’s run to the La Liga title last season. Godín started 51 games last year and always seems to score goals in the biggest games. He scored the equalizer in the last game of the season against FC Barcelona that secured the La Liga title, and he also scored what was thought to be the game winning goal in the UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid, until Real tied the game in the final seconds of stoppage time.

In addition to his incredible club play with Atlético, Godín had a good tournament for his country at the World Cup two months ago as well. The 28-year-old started all four games for Uruguay in Brazil and scored the game winning goal in the must-win match against Italy that vaulted Uruguay into the knockout rounds.

It is unknown at this time whether or not Atlético Madrid is willing to part with Godin, especially after losing so many players during this transfer window. However, as we have come to expect in soccer, money talks, and every player has a price. Despite Bayern’s offer of $45 million, insiders believe that Atlético is looking for at least $50 million to let Godín go. If Godin does indeed head to Germany, then look for Diego Simone to target Liverpool’s Daniel Agger as his replacement. As for Bayern, if they don’t get word on their offer for Godin in the next 48 hours, expect a last ditch effort to grab German National Team standout, Sami Khedira who told Real Madrid on Thursday that he would like to leave the team. Khedira is a midfielder, but more than likely Guardiola would move some pieces around to find room for him.

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