The summer transfer saga of Nicolas Otamendi appears to finally be coming to its conclusion after the Argentine defender asked out of Valencia’s training session earlier today. Also, Otamendi has been excluded from Valencia’s probable first team squad ahead of their Champions League qualifier against AS Monaco next week.
According to Cadena Cope, the center-back has told manager Nuno Espirito Santo that he is “not in the right frame of mind” heading into the match against the Ligue Un side.
The Argentina international has clearly been unsettled by increased interest from Manchester United and Manchester City in recent days.
Earlier this week, Valencia-based TV station, SillasGol, reported there had been “movement” in a potential move for Otamendi. The news organization claimed it had ‘tax-based’ proof that United had begun the paperwork to sign the player from Valencia.
The following day, Sky Sports sources claimed that the report was false and United had “no interest” in the defender. However, earlier today Spanish football expert Guillem Balague confirmed that Louis van Gaal’s side were indeed involved with Otamendi, as well as their city rivals, Manchester City.
“Otamendi: Valencia considering offers from City and United. None reaches €50m of buy out clause. Spanish club resigned he will go to the PL”, Balague tweeted this morning.
Just a few hours later, Otamendi requested to be excluded from his team’s training session.
It can be determined that any move for the defender would likely be concluded before Valencia line up against Monaco during next week’s Champions League qualifier.
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