Manchester United have received a boost in their pursuit of Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi after the player’s agent said he would force a move away from the Spanish club.
Speaking on Spanish radio station Cadena SER, Eugenio Lopez spoke about his client’s future: “Nicolás told Salvo to his face that he wanted to leave Valencia in the summer. 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.”
United’s defensive woes have been given plenty of column inches this season with David De Gea voted as the club’s Player of the Year for a second season in succession recently.
Louis van Gaal has set his sights on acquiring a top class defender and, after apparently being rejected by Mats Hummels, is confident of getting Otamendi.
The Argentine defender is said to have a release clause of €60 million but Valencia might sell for less if relations worsen.
Lopez claims that Valencia’s president Amadeo Salvo was told about Otamendi’s intention to leave the club at least two months ago. Salvo has said that if Otamendi wants to leave the club then he will have to say it publicly.