VALENCIA, Spain (Sporting Alert) — Manchester United odds of signing Nicolas Otamendi have been boosted significantly after the player’s agent confirmed Monday that the defender wants to leave Valencia.
United manager Louis van Gaal has expressed his desired to add balance to his squad for next season and the Dutchman has outlined the need for a quality center-back.
Otamendi has been linked with a move to Old Trafford in the last two seasons and although Valencia claimed they would resist any offers for their star defender, his agent Eugenio Lopez says the 27-year-old, who featured for Argentina at 2012 World Cup in South Africa, wants to leave the La Liga outfits.
According to Lopez, Otamendi informed Valencia executive president Amadeo Salvo about his wishes to leave the Mestalla “two months ago” so there should be no surprises.
“Nico wants to leave Valencia and is going to do everything possible to achieve it,” Lopez said, speaking to Radio Valencia Cadena Ser.
“Nicolas told [executive president] Amadeo Salvo to his face two months ago, it surprises me that it is said that [sporting director] Rufete knew nothing.
“Or he lied or there is a lack of communication. In these cases the will of the player is very important.”
After finishing fourth in the just concluded English Premier League and muscled their way back into Champions League football contentions, Manchester United are now looking to build on those achievements and manager Van Gaal apparently believes Otamendi can be a major part of his rebuilding process.
The Red Devils were also strongly linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, but it is understood the German World Cup winner snubbed the English Premier League side because they took too long to make a their move for him.
Now it is thought Van Gaal is ready to move quicker for their Valencia target who is reportedly valued at £ 36 millions.
Reports are claiming United boss wants to pair Argentine stars Otamendi and Marcos Rojo together, although he still believes in the likes of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.
Manchester United are apparently ready to sell Jonny Evans as part of the fundings for Otamendi, who did not make Argentina’s 2014 World Cup final squad in Brazil.