Guillem Balague: Manchester United will make another offer for Valencia’s Nicolas Otamendi

19 Old Trafford

Manchester United are reportedly interested in signing Nicolas Otamendi from Valencia in the summer transfer window.

Respected Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague has written in his Sky Sports column that Manchester United will make another offer for Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi.

Balague was responding to a question from a reader who asked about the latest on Otamendi among other United-linked players.

“Manchester United will make another offer for Otamendi, but unless it’s €50m (£36.8m) Valencia doesn’t want to sell,” replied the well-known Spanish football expert.

Back in the first week of April, Balague had claimed that United have already made a bid for the Argentina international centre-back.

“Valencia think that Manchester United will pay the £38.2m buy-out clause in the summer for Nicolas Otamendi,” the Spaniard wrote on at the time.

“United have already offered £27m and Valencia think they’ll improve on that offer, so the club are preparing for it.”

Otamendi is one of the better centre-backs in La Liga and has been in good form so far this season for Valencia.

The 27-year-old has played 32 times in the league for Los Che, scoring four goals and creating three chances in the process.

The former FC Porto defender has a pass accuracy of 80% and a shot accuracy of 50%, and he has won 97 headers, four dribbles and 69 tackles.

Signing Otamendi in the summer would be a good piece of business for United, who need to recruit an accomplished centre-back to challenge for the Premier League title next season.

However, it remains to be seen if the Red Devils think that the Argentine is worth as much as £38.2 million.

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