Nicolas Otamendi is desperate to seal a switch either to Manchester United or another top European club before he is due to return to Valencia’s preseason training camp at the weekend.
The Argentina international was given an extended break following his participation in the Copa America, but speculation was rife that a deal for him to move clubs could have been sorted by now.
Obviously no agreement with any party has been reached, and for the time being he remains a Valencia player.
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Otamendi wants move
According to Spanish newspaper Super Deporte however, he isn’t all that happy about it, irrespective of the fact that his return to the Mestalla fold is imminent.
The publication details how he still wants to move clubs, although that may not be as feasible as certain English papers might have had you believing only a few weeks ago.
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Rumours infer that Manchester United’s longing to take the centre-back to the Premier League remains true, as does that of their rivals Manchester City. The obstacle that is just as real however is Valencia’s stance over Otamendi’s price-tag. In other words, they’re not playing ball with any attempt at negotiating a lower fee.
Valencia won't budge
If you’ve been following the 27-year-old’s transfer saga for the duration of the summer you’ll be well versed in the idea that Valencia want €50million for his signature.
Super Deporte carry the same narrative as many other sources in stating that neither Manchester club is interested in paying anywhere near that much for Otamendi, hence the sticking point.
It’s believed that United, who were the first club to be credited with real interest in the defender, are more of the opinion that Otamendi is worth a lesser sum and one of their fringe players in return.
United desperate for deal
The likes of Javier Hernandez, Victor Valdes and Rafael da Silva are obvious possibilities, although Louis van Gaal wants to keep the former, Valdes is commanding a hefty wage and Rafael’s only strengths lie in the right-back berth, making him a less attractive option.
That said Van Gaal is believed to be extremely keen on Otamendi as he looks to wrap up his transfer spending by buying an experienced centre-half. It’s unlikely he’ll be held to a ransom to the tune of €50m, but don’t be surprised to see him make renewed efforts to lower Valencia’s fee if he gets the chance.
United fans, City fans, is Otamendi good enough for the Premier League? Let us know in the comments box below what you think of his potential transfer.