Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has insisted that Manchester United will make a bid for Valencia ace Nicolas Otamendi this summer.
As reported by Sky Sports, Balague has, however, revealed that the La Liga outfit will demand as much as £36.8 million from the Red Devils if they're going to sell the highly rated Argentine.
It appears, then, that Valencia don't want to lose the defensive star, but that's unlikely to stop United making their move for him in the near future.
Balague stated: "Manchester United will make another offer for Otamendi, but unless it’s 50m Euros (£36.8m) Valencia doesn’t want to sell."
There's no doubt about it, it's extremely likely that the United hierarchy will splash the cash once again in the upcoming window, but it remains to be seen as to whether they will offer as much as £36.8m for Otamendi.
Otamendi, who is 27-years-old, would no doubt improve the Red Devils' back-line as he'd bring a great deal of experience to the club in the defensive department. Ultimately, the Valencia man has gone from strength-to-strength in recent years, and is now recognised as one of the leading defenders in Spain's elite division.
United have also been linked with German international Mats Hummels for some time now, with the 26-year-old Dortmund star's long term future seemingly in some doubt. Hummels, much like Otamendi, would no doubt prove a fine coup for the Red Devils, but the transfer saga may well rumble on for some time to come.
The German ace, who starred for his national side at this past summer's World Cup, has been excellent on Europe's elite stage for a number of years now, so would prove the consistent figure the Red Devils need.
Experience is a must
Ultimately, United fans will be hoping that the club sign at least one of Otamendi or Hummels sooner rather than later. At the end of the day, the trio of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans, despite some strong performances over the years, have often failed to maintain their fitness and star for the club on a consistent basis.
Smalling, who recently signed a new deal with the club, now appears to be in Van Gaal's long term plans, but the likes of Jones and Evans surely have more to do to prove their credentials to the Dutch boss.
One thing's for sure, it looks set to be an interesting summer at the Theatre of Dreams, as Van Gaal goes in search of improving his side for the 2015/16 campaign.
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