Manchester United are poised to pay £35 million for the services of Valencia star Nicolas Otamendi, with the Spaniard’s keen to hold out for his full release clause figure.
United’s supposed pursuit of the Argentinian has been well documented of late, with Old Trafford star Marcos Rojo having hinted that his international teammate is close to joining him in Manchester.
Now, according to the Daily Mirror, Louis van Gaal is set to step up his efforts to land Otamendi, and will consent to activating the defender’s release clause in the coming weeks.
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Valencia have reportedly made it very clear that they will accept nothing less than £35m for the man they deem an indispensable player, although Otamendi has informed them of a desire to leave the club, presumably so that he can make his switch to United.
The 29-year-old was initially coveted by the Red Devils whilst he played for FC Porto, and he could very well have transferred to Old Trafford when he left Portugal were it not for Valencia getting there first. Now though it seems he will finally take his place in the United side, and one that is crying out for his services.
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Since Van Gaal’s appointment as manager one thing has become abundant above all else, and that is that the team need an experienced defender to marshall the back line if they’re to stand any chance of being a match for the best sides in Europe.
Improving the defence
The trio of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans haven’t proved ready to hold the fort alone since the departures of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand last summer, which is probably why Van Gaal has been strongly linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels since he took charge.
If the Dutchman is to appease Valencia’s demands and pay big for Otamendi then one would assume that the Germany international would no longer be needed, although it would hardly be detrimental to the club’s ambitions if he were to arrive as well.
United march on
In any case shoring up the back-line is something Van Gaal is clearly focusing his intentions on, and so long as they have a defensive unit capable of complementing the attacking vigour they already posses United might well find themselves in with a shot at proving a real test for any who hope to be Premier League champions as of next season.
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