Report: Nicolas Otamendi 'reaches contract agreement' to join Manchester United this summer

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Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi may be nearing a move to Manchester United.

According to Argentine newspaper Olé, Manchester United have reached an agreement with Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi.

The 27-year-old centre back, formerly of Velez Sarsfield and Porto, has enjoyed a superb debut season in Spain with Valencia, becoming a regular under manager Nuno.

As is often the case, Otamendi's impressive displays have now triggered speculation surrounding his future, particularly in terms of a potential move to Old Trafford.

Olé believe that Otamendi has now agreed a contract with the Red Devils, but Louis van Gaal's men must now wrap up a deal over the transfer fee with Valencia, with the defender likely to join up with United after Copa America, according to the report.

Having landed Marcos Rojo and Angel Di Maria last summer, United could be poised to land yet another Argentine international if they can put the finishing touches to this Otamendi deal - though reports in Spain are less convinced that Otamendi will be signing for United this summer.

Super Deporte report that Otamendi and his agents have indicated that they would be happy to stay at Valencia, and that the only way United can sign him is if they pay his €50m buyout clause (£35m), which is of course big money - even for Manchester United.

The situation surrounding Otamendi's future may become clearer as we move closer to the transfer window, but it certainly seems that United are pushing to add him to their Argentine contingent this summer.

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