Manchester United’s first bid for Nicolas Otamendi expected this week – report

Manchester United’s first bid for Nicolas Otamendi expected this week – report

Manchester United are set to make an opening offer for Valencia centre-back Nicolas Otamendi in the next week.

Valencia based newspaper Super Deporte report that Otamendi’s agent, Eugenio López, will travel to Valencia in the next week with an opening offer from Man United.

However, the offer proposed is expected to be below his release clause of €50m.

Despite this, rumours have suggested that López may have a deal with football’s super agent Jorge Mendes which could make the deal more attractive to Valencia.

Ultimately, though, Valencia boss Nuno will have the final decision on whether to allow Otamendi to leave if the release clause of €50m isn’t met by United.

The signing of Ander Herrera should have taught United that Spanish clubs and release clauses are a tricky mixture, so there is every chance Valencia will hold firm on the €50m clause in Otamendi’s contract.

United sent scouts to watch Otamendi for Argentina in the Copa America against Paraguay on Saturday evening, the defender is one of the best choices in the market for the Reds.

Defence has been seen as the biggest problem for them over the past three years with key figures like Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand leaving in recent seasons.

 

To compile those problems, injuries plagued United in defence last year and if Louis van Gaal wants to challenge on all fronts next season, a player like Otamendi who could come in and lead the defence is exactly what United need.

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