Manchester United have followed up their long term interest in Valencia’s Argentine defender, Nicolás Otamendi with a €35 million offer, according to reports in Spain. It is understood that this bid has been rejected as the 26-year-old has a clause in his contract closer to €50 million and Los Che will be unwilling to do business until the offers come closer to this figure.
Otamendi has been in superb form in La Liga this season and has helped Valencia to fifth in the table including scoring in the victory over Real Madrid earlier in the month and his club form has not gone unnoticed. Gerardo Martino brought him back into the Argentina squad after Diego Maradona did his best to ruin Otamendi’s career at a young age.
Maradona took Otamendi to the World Cup in South Africa and inexplicably played the 22-year-old, out of position at right back in the 4-0 quarter final defeat to Germany. Otamendi was criticised for his performance and then fell off the international radar while he rebuilt his reputation at Porto.
In Portugal, playing in the centre, Otamendi proved himself to be a very talented defender. Manchester United’s interest in the player was reported during this time but it was Valencia who captured his signature when they paid €12 million in February 2014. This saw Otamendi go on out on loan to Atlético Miniero for six months as Valencia had no further available spaces for a non-EU player. However, in the summer, Otamendi joined Los Che and has since become a central figure in their defence.
Interestingly, Otamendi is understood to be owned, in-part, by Doyen Sports Group, the same investment firm that pushed through Marcos Rojo’s transfer from Sporting Lisbon.
Valencia, meanwhile, are attempting to lure a possible replacement to the Mestalla in Marseille’s, Doria.