Nicolas Otamendi’s agent will meet with the Valencia board this week in order to discuss the prospect of him moving the Manchester United this summer, according to reports.
TalkSPORT, citing reports in Spanish newspaper Super Deporte, claims that Otamendi’s chief representative will negotiate with Valencia in a bid to relax their stance on the Argentinian’s future.
It’s been said recently that the centre-back is keen on a move to Old Trafford but that his current club won’t be willing to let him go for anything less than his £35 million release clause.
Now though it appears that Otamendi is seeking to put an end to Valencia’s stand-off over transfer fees they are due to receive, and his agent will no doubt be deployed in an effort to smooth over any other obstacles that might stand in the way of a deal being agreed.
Troubles with the back-line
It’s been widely reported in the months leading up to the summer transfer window that one of Van Gaal’s primary objectives will be strengthening his defence in time for a renewed Premier League push next term.
The frequency with which the Red Devils relied upon David de Gea to keep them in fixtures last season will have no doubt alarmed Van Gaal, and adding an experienced head to the back four seems more a necessity than a possible luxury.
In that respect Otamendi makes for an obvious candidate. Not only is he a player with pedigree to his name and a good reputation in the game, but he’s not already plying his trade for one of Europe’s superpowers, making the idea that he would be inclined to switch to United feasible.
What’s more is that this time around United don’t look like they’ve got much competition to sign him. Whereas in recent years - they’ve been linked with Otamendi multiple times in the past - the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea have been named in association, rumour has it said that it is just United the 27-year-old is considering.
With the Valencia star currently with Argentina at the Copa America it’s highly unlikely the meeting between his agent and his club will provide anything other than confirmation either way regarding his employers’ stance.
The summer transfer window is soon to open and once it does United can back up their interest with an official bid. Until then we’re confined to the realms of mere speculation unfortunately.
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