Valencia’s Argentine defender Nicolas Otamendi was linked with a move to Manchester United throughout this summer but the speculations were recently faded out with Manchester United’s interest in Real Madrid’s 29 year old defender Sergio Ramos.
According to reports from Spanish Newspaper AS on Tuesday, Manchester United have recently accelerated their effots to make the move in the last few hours.
The Argentine defender’s agent has stated publicly that he wants a transfer sorting out quickly and Otamendi has stated publicly that he backs the words of his agent – there’s been no treading on eggshells with these two guys and they want to get a big move sorted out as soon as possible.
The other good aspect is that Otamendi has a buyout clause. That means that Valencia simply can’t refuse to sell if a club offers the full €50m.
Forget about any problems with taxes, those can be sorted out and there’s no way Manchester United would have to pay a big lump on top of that.
Valencia are looking for replacements and have been heavily linked with a move for Otamendi’s compatriot Zenit’s Ezequiel Garay, who himself spent years being linked to Manchester United.
The agent is on the same page and he’s working on it from his end – trying to get Valencia to bring that €50m down a little.
Otamendi has just finished the Copa America where his team lost to Chile in the final on penalties and will now have a holiday, so there’s no mad rush meaning Manchester United would pay the full clause, they may as well wait and see if they can get the amount lower over the next week or so.
Of course, if Madrid relent on Sergio Ramos then it could be curtains for Otamendi, but AS think a deal is closing in for the Argentine.
Perhaps Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal wants to go really overboard and get both to solve their defensive problems.