Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has told manager Jose Mourinho that club’s financial strength allows him to sign any player in the next transfer windows.

Mourinho is currently lining up a £20m deal for Atletico Madrid centre-back Diego Godin, while the Portuguese boss was spotted in the stands during Belgium’s 2-0 win over Iceland.

The former Chelsea boss has strongly shown the interest in Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld and is likely to lure him in January.

But Mourinho, who was recently said to be in contact with Chelsea’s Gary Cahill, is desperate to strengthen his central defence, has made Godin his No.1 target in the January transfer window.

According to Starsport, United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has already held positive talks with Atletico.

Meanwhile, Woodward is willing to meet Godin’s release clause, which is now £20 million.

The United chief talked to the club investors on Thursday after announcing their latest financial results and has claimed that Mourinho and the squad are fully united following a mixed start to the season.

Woodward has also insisted that United bosses are still right behind Mourinho and is allowed to sign any player he wants at Old Trafford.

“On the pitch, we remain well positioned in the Champions League,” Woodward said.

“And although we have had a mixed start to our domestic campaign, the squad and the manager are fully united in their determination to regain our momentum in the Premier League.”

“Our financial strength enables us to continue to attract and retain top players and to invest in our academy, as we look to drive the success on the pitch that the club and our fans expect.”

“We remain on track to deliver our record full-year revenue guidance, underpinning our long-term, strategic plan to create sustainable growth across all areas of the club.”

Meanwhile, United are back into the Premier League action on Saturday 24 evening as they will take on Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.

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