Manchester United still trying to land Nicolas Otamendi

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Manchester United are still working on a deal for Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi, who is keen on a move to the Premier League. 

That's according to Sky Sports Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, who also claims that Valencia are 'pessimistic' about their chances of keeping the Argentinian international.

Manchester United are likely to be in the market for a new defender come the summer transfer window, and have been heavily linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund ace Mats Hummels. However Otamendi could be seen as an alternative to the German international; the 27-year-old has made 34 league appearances for Valencia this season and has been an integral part of their push to qualify for the Champions League.

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Previous reports have suggested that the Red Devils have already had one bid turned down, and Balague believes they haven't been put off by that just yet - and neither has the player himself. He tweeted: "On Otamendi. Sources close to the player say his dream is to go to the PL and United will continue trying to get him. Valencia pesimistic."

Balague has previously claimed that Otamendi has a release clause in excess of more than £38 million, and it remains to be seen whether Manchester United are willing to fork out that kind of money.

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They are expected to spend big however having splashed in excess of £150 million at the start of the season on the likes of Ander Herrera and Angel di Maria. Boss Louis van Gaal has guided his team back to the Champions League this season and is likely to be handed the cash required to further revamp his squad. 

Gareth Bale, Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani and Nathaniel Clyne have all been suggested as possible targets, while a £22 million deal for PSV Eindhoven's Memphis Depay has already been secured. 


While there is likely to be a host of players arriving, it seems as though Van Gaal may lose a key member of his starting XI - David de Gea. The Spanish goalkeeper is out of contract next year and has so far refused to commit his future to the club amidst reports of interest from Real Madrid.

Spanish newspaper Marca claimed over the weekend that De Gea has already agreed personal terms with Madrid - and Van Gaal admitted yesterday that he is powerless to stop the move.

"He is Spanish and his girlfriend is Spanish and he can go to another great club, so it is difficult for him to decide," the Dutchman said.

"David De Gea shall not leave us so easily because we are a great club and he wants to participate. He is still behind [Iker] Casillas but now a Spanish club is coming."


Otamendi is certainly a fine defender - but Valencia will demand a massive fee for him and given his age it may be a wise move to stick with targeting Hummels for now. 

The German international shouldn't be too difficult to prise away from Dortmund given Jurgen Klopp's impending exit, while he's already hinted that he'd like to play in the Premier League.

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