It was another transfer story that came to nothing, with David Moyes’ only winter business the club-record signing of Juan Mata. But for Otamendi, the story was only just beginning.
On the final day of the window, reports began to emerge that Valencia wanted to take the player on loan for the rest of the season, only for the deal to fall through at the last minute.
But there are contrasting reports in Portugal and Spain as to the player’s current situation.
Spanish broadsheet El Confidencial ran a story early this morning claiming that Otamendi’s deal fell through because he did not hold an Italian passport; something that the La Liga side reportedly believed to be the case only for the player’s agent to say otherwise when Valencia requested a photocopy of the document.
The report goes on to say that with Valencia already filling their quota of non-EU players, the Argentine is in something of a limbo, after the terms of the transfer and the player’s contract were both reportedly agreed.
“Nicolas Otamendi is living a pretty tense few hours,” the paper states.
But over in Portugal, A Bola is reporting that the situation is now resolved. They add that the fee for the player was agreed at €12million, although it is unclear where he will play for the rest of this season.
So perhaps there is still an element of limbo for the 25-year-old after all.
With the transfer window closed for five days now, it is not a situation he would have expected to be in.
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