The agent of Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi is on his way to Europe in order to negotiate a transfer with either Manchester United or Manchester City, according to reports in Spain.
The Argentinian has been heavily linked with a move away from Spain in recent weeks, and his future is likely to be resolved once he returned from his break following the conclusion of the Copa America in Chile.
Yesterday it was claimed that Otamendi would delay his return to Valencia in order to force his way out of the club and secure a move to Manchester United, and now it seems as though the rumours are starting to gather pace.
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The Red Devils appeared to have cooled their interest in Sergio Ramos slightly after having one offer of around £28 million rejected already and they view Otamendi as a viable alternative.
Real Madrid have made it clear they don't want to sell the Spanish defender having named him their captain for the upcoming season - unless an offer of around €65 million is made.
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Manchester United aren't willing to pay that much and are looking at alternatives - and now AS have claimed that Otamendi’s agent, Eugenio Lopez, has travelled to Europe in order to sort out a transfer for his client.
Manchester City interest
However there's a potential fly in the ointment - Manchester City remain in the race for his signature. Valencia insist they won't let Otamendi leave unless his €50 million release clause is activated, which seems unlikely at the moment.
The Citizens look short defensively going into the new season and have already signalled their intent in the transfer market by landing Raheem Sterling from Liverpool for £49 million.
It certainly seems as though the Otamendi rumours are starting to build, although that of course could be a ploy after negotiations with Real Madrid over Ramos came to a dead end.
There's no way either Manchester United or City will spend anywhere near €50 million on a player who has gone public with his desire to leave, and a deal closer to £20 million would make more sense.
Otamendi is a top class operator and would certainly do a job, although there's no escaping he doesn't have the allure of Ramos.