Nicolas Otamendi has reportedly told friends that he is now desperate to move to Manchester United this summer, although it looks like the move could face complications.
Earlier this week it was claimed that his agent, Eugenio Lopez, had drafted in transfer-specialist Jorge Mendes in a bid to treat with Valencia and get them to lower their lofty demands for if Otamendi is to be sold.
Stand-off for Otamendi
The La Liga outfit are said to want nothing less than the Argentina international’s release clause of £35 million, but United aren’t willing to match that.
As a result the deal is stuck in limbo, and though Otamendi is keen to complete a switch to Old Trafford - as relayed by the Daily Mirror - he can’t go anywhere unless the two sides involved reach a mutually beneficial compromise.
It’s said that the 27-year-old is well aware that he is United boss Louis van Gaal’s second-choice target with regards to strengthening the Red Devils back-line.
Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels stands one rung above him in the transfer pecking order, and so Otamendi could possibly be eager to cement his own move before United can make headway with their pursuit of the Germany star.
At the moment neither Dortmund nor Valencia look too keen on selling their prized assets, even though United are willing to put up good money to complete deals.
Only time will tell
If Mendes can work his magic then Otamendi will move in to make up for a lack of experience in United’s defensive third. The longer it takes though the more likely it is that Hummels could creep into the picture.
Otamendi and United's Di Maria pictured earlier this week
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