Manchester City look set to hand arch-rivals Manchester United a major blow in the transfer market by securing the services of the Red Devil’s long-term target Nicholas Otamendi, as the Citizens close in on signing the Argentine.
The Valencia defender has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League this summer and Louis Van Gaal’s side were considered favourites. However, the club ended their pursuit in order to chase Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos.
Van Gaal’s men have missed out on Ramos, who has signed a new deal at Real Madrid, and any chances of the club reverting their attention back to Otamendi will fall on death ears, as City look set to land the former-Porto defender.
Reports state a fee of £28.5m will be paid for Otamendi, which will help cancel out the £24m the Spanish side owe Manchester City from Alvaro Negredo’s permanent move to the Mestella this summer.
Whilst some have suggested Eliaquim Mangala, a former Porto team-mate of Otamendi’s, will move the other way on-loan, those reports are believed to be false- with City keen to keep Mangala at the Etihad.