Manchester United are set to be one of the biggest spenders in this summer's transfer window. Louis van Gaal was backed by the club in a way that David Moyes never was during his first year, with United offering a show of loyalty to the Dutch manager to the tune of £200 million.
United back in
A year on from the signing of the likes of Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao and United look to be at it again. Having already acquired Memphis Depay from PSV their attention is now turning towards those involved in the Copa America.
The top performers of the competition will be sure to arouse the interests of the Manchester side, who are keen to bolster their attacking and defensive options this summer.
One player who will already be on United’s radar is Valencia central defender Nicolas Otamendi. The Argentine has won eight major trophies in his time as a player, including the Europa League in 2011. Otamendi 27, also represented his country at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Otamendi began his professional career at Velez, before switching to Portuguese side Porto in a €4m deal in 2010. Since then the defender has gone from strength to strength, winning four Primeira Liga titles and playing 19 times for Argentina.
Move to United?
The centre-back is reportedly set to cost Van Gaal close to £35m, with the Red Devils intrigue heightened after Borussia Dortmund repeatedly insisting that they want to keep hold of Mats Hummels.
Otamendi has long been the subject of interest for several top European clubs after consistent performances at big tournaments throughout his career. In 2013 Chelsea, AC Millan and even Barcelona were reportedly interested in the defender before he made a €12m switch to Valencia.
The six-foot-tall defender is one of the most versatile in the business. He should be able to fit right into United’s defence and is able to play almost anywhere across the back-line.
The only issue that could complicate the move to England is the Copa America. If Argentina manage to do as expected and go all the way in the competition it is likely that Otamendi will miss the beginning of the Premier League season through being given an extended rest period.
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