Nicolas Otamendi will 'push' to sign for Manchester United in the upcoming summer transfer window according to Spanish football expert Guilem Balague.
The Sky Sports pundit has, however, claimed that Otamendi, who has enjoyed a remarkable campaign at La Liga outfit Valencia this term, won't be sold for anything less than his €50 million buyout clause.
It appears, then, that the Valencia president is determined to secure a large sum for the Argentine international, who would no doubt prove a fine coup for Louis van Gaal and Co. at Old Trafford.
In fact, Otamendi, who even chipped in with six goals in La Liga this season, was one of the main reasons Valencia secured a top four finish in Spain's elite division this season, so it's not entirely surprising that Manchester United are looking to bring him to England sooner rather than later.
It won't be easy for them to sign him, though, with the Red Devils needing to splash the cash in order to land him.
Balague tweeted: "Latest on Otamendi. Valencia president demand the €50m of his buy out clause. Player wants to go and will push to go to United #sagaAhead."
Of course, Balague's comments follow the quotes from Otamendi's agent, who earlier confirmed that the defender is looking to leave the La Liga outfit.
“Nicolás told Salvo to his face that he wanted to leave Valencia in the summer,” Lopez told the Spanish radio station Cadena SER. “Nicolás is happy at Valencia and with the fans but he’s got an option to improve on a professional level.
“Nico is going to do everything [possible] to leave. There are a lot of conversations with clubs that want Otamendi. Nicolás loves everything at Valencia but, if the chance arose to leave, he’d do everything possible to make it happen.”
It certainly appears that Manchester United stand a chance of signing the player, but it remains to be seen as to whether they're willing to pay up.
Ultimately, it appears that Otamendi won't come cheap for United, but he may well be worth it. At 27-years-old, he appears to be in the best form of his career and would no doubt improve Manchester United's back-line as they go in search of success under the Dutch regime.
At the end of the day, the Red Devils are in need of a commanding, experienced defender, and Otamendi is just that. Brilliant in the air and comfortable with the ball at his feet, the defensive ace has all the credentials to become a success in Manchester, so this is a deal the club must look to wrap up.
It's crucial for Van Gaal that he delivers a title charge with the Red Devils next term, and with Otamendi at his disposal, he stands a far greater chance of securing the title.
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