New twist in £12.3m Manchester United target saga as he heads to Brazil on loan

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Nicolas Otamendi will spend the next few months with Atletico Mineiro before joining Valencia in the summer.

Manchester United reportedly looked into buying a defender in January - that defender being Porto star Nicolas Otamendi.

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.

However a few days later and the deal was 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’.

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.

Valencia also confirmed that United pulled out of a deal for the player - stating:

"If I try to buy Otamendi after the World Cup, it's possible he couldn't come. A great sacrifice and a lot work was necessary for him to come. He will explain that when he arrives. We saw that Manchester United pulled out and we moved in."

But now there has been a new twist in the Otamendi saga.

Clearly not wanting to keep a player who is already on the move elsewhere on their books - Porto have sent Otamendi out on loan.

The defender has joined Brazilian outfit Atletico Mineiro on a loan deal until the end of the season - where he will be able to acclimatise himself to Brazilian pitches before the World Cup in the summer.

You have to wonder why United pulled out of a move for the player. He is very talented, and with Nemanja Vidic now announcing he is off - it seems an opportunity missed.

A mistake which Atletico Mineiro and then Valencia will be happy to take.

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