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Nicolas Otamendi is refusing to return to Valencia in order to force Manchester United transfer

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Nicolas Otamendi will refuse to return to Valencia in an attempt to force through a move to Manchester United, according to reports in Spain.

The Argentinian international is currently away on holiday following his exertions at the Copa America and will start pre-season late, however Marca say he may put off his return to training altogether.

Otamendi has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent months however of late boss Louis van Gaal has turned his attention towards trying to lure Sergio Ramos from Real Madrid.

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It seems as though Ramos could remain at the Bernabeu however after he was named club captain. Manchester United have had one offer worth around £28 million turned down already and will reportedly come back with another, however Real Madrid don't want to sell and will demand a €65 million transfer fee.

That's despite Ramos reportedly telling Madrid that he still wants to leave even though he has been named captain, such is his anger at the fact he hasn't been offered a new contract with improved terms to stay put.

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Marca say Otamendi is willing to 'rebel' against Valencia in order to make his move to Manchester United happen having left the club to play in the Copa America after telling them of his desire to leave. 

The player's agent has already confirmed he is seeking a transfer, and with a deal for Ramos now looking unlikely, Manchester United could reignite their interest.

Transfer request

"Nicolas is comfortable with Valencia and the fans but will have an option to improve his career,” said agent Euginio Lopez in May. “Jorge Mendes already knows that Nico wants to leave Valencia. Nico will do everything possible to get it, he will do everything possible to leave.

“If there's an offer from a club we consider a top club, and it benefits his family, Nico wants to go. There are many discussions with several clubs who want to sign Otamendi.”

Opinion

A move for Otamendi would be the wise thing for Manchester United to do right now. The Argentinian is a top class operator and would be available for much less than Ramos, who is looking difficult to prise away from Real Madrid right now.

By going Otamendi it takes some of the pressure of the deal for De Gea too; at the moment talks have stopped because they have reached a dead end. If Manchester United want to extract a fee before the goalkeeper can walk away for free they have to do business this summer and it doesn't look like Ramos will be included in a swap.

Is Otamendi a better option for Manchester United than Ramos?

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