Manchester United's £12.3m deadline day target will join Valencia on 1st July

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Nicolas Otamendi will sign for Valencia after a deal was finally ratified for the player.

Yesterday we brought you the news of how another Manchester United transfer target looked like slipping through the net - as it was reported that defender Nicolas Otamendi was on the verge of a Valencia switch.

It was a complicated story however, as his situation was very much still in limbo.

The Argentine international, currently at Porto, was the apparent subject of a £12.3 million enquiry from Manchester United on Transfer Deadline day.

But it was Spanish side Valencia - complete with their new backing in the transfer market - who had seemingly snapped him up in time before the window closed.

Well no, actually they didn’t.

Problems with his passport meant no deal was processed in time and Otamendi was to remain a Porto player for the foreseeable future.

But it is now confirmed - the versatile defender will be on his way to Valencia in the summer.

Los Che have announced the deal - stating they had signed ‘one of the best central defenders in the world’.

Otamendi commented: 

"After playing for a club like Porto - a huge, prestigious club - it is an honour to join a club like Valencia CF for this next stage of my career. Valencia CF are one of the most historic and attractive teams in Spain and in Europe, and I am very happy with this next step in my footballing life.”

The deal is said to be worth a potential €15 million and he will officially become a Valencia player on the 1st of July 2014.

For United, if their reported interest in his services carried weight, it is another blow. With Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand appearing to have reached the end of their respective peaks and the likes of Johnny Evans, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones not looking up to the task just yet - a central defender has to be an integral part of any rebuilding process.

Otamendi, a strong and elegant central defender, could have been such an acquisition.

With fellow centre back target Ezequiel Garay seemingly on his way to Zenit St Petersburg - United are starting to run out of options.

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