Valencia president says reported Manchester United target Nicolas Otamendi will cost at least €50m

A player strongly linked with Manchester United will not be sold on the cheap.

The president of Spanish side Valancia, Amadeo Salvo, has been speaking following reports linking his star defender Nicolas Otamendi with a move to Manchester United.

Sky Sports is among the media outlets to have linked the 27-year-old with an Old Trafford switch, with the player’s agent telling Radio Valencia Cadena Ser, “Nico wants to leave Valencia and is going to do everything possible to achieve it.”

Since that statement came to light, Salvo has had his say in comments published by the La Liga club’s official Twitter account.

“The position of Valencia is always going to be the same,” Salvo said. “If Otamendi wants to leave he will have to say it publicly.

“If he wants to go he will have to come to the club, not an agent, and pay what the club decides he is worth, which is €50million at least, and with the payment structure that Valencia decide.”

So there you have it. If United do want to sign the Argentine centre-back, and if the player is keen on a move, it will take a considerable amount of money to bring him to England.

Given Otamendi’s performances in Spain this season, it could be argued that it would be money very well spent, and that is certainly an area of the pitch United need to strengthen. But there will be cheaper options out there. The question is: Would they be better options?

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