Leadership crisis at Valencia could unlock Otamendi move to Manchester United

Manchester United are preparing another offer for the Argentine central defender.

The objective of signing a world-class central defender this summer remains a top priority for executives at Old Trafford, and one that is proving exceedingly difficult to lock down.

Eugenio Lopez, agent of Argentine star Nicolas Otamendi, and associate of Portuguese super-agent, Jorge Mendes, will be visiting Valencia with another offer from Manchester United, firmly in hand over the coming days.

Although there has been a steadfast response thus far from Valencia president, Amadeo Salvo, that Otamendi won't be sold for a cent less than his €50 million release clause, according to Super Deporte, an alternative proposition looks set to be placed on the table.

Manchester United aren't expected to go any higher than €35 million, with what is now considered possibly their third and final bid for Otamendi, however, this time they could try to tempt Valencia to sell, by offering Mexican striker Chicharito as an addition to the cash offer.

Whilst that wouldn't activate the €50 million release clause of Otamendi, there are suggestions that Manchester United have the support of Jorge Mendes, who could go over the head of Amadeo Salvo, to broker a deal directly with Valencia owner Peter Lim.

Amongst the Valenciano press, there has also been speculation Amadeo Salvo isn't entirely content at being kept out of the loop, when it comes to rubber stamping transfer dealings.

Given that Valencia were widely expected to close a deal for Marseille defensive midfielder, Giannelli Imbula, there was some considerable surprise when instead, they completed a 12.5 million move for Brazilian Rodrigo Caio from Sao Paulo, who will now occupy that role in the team.

Interestingly and certainly more than just a coincidence, Rodrigo Caio is represented by the agency of none other than Jorge Mendes, who very much has the ear of the Valencia owner. Indeed, more so apparently than club president Amadeo Salvo.

This would appear to imply that with their next offer, Manchester United could rely on Jorge Mendes smoothing the way for Valencia to sell Otamendi, which might be the final straw for Amadeo Salvo, in what the local press are calling an 'internal crisis' of senior management at the Spanish club.

Meanwhile for Chicharito, clear that he has no future with the Red Devils, a move to Valencia would likely be viewed very favourably by the Mexican striker, as he looks for more guaranteed games elsewhere.

The next several days could be decisive, as Manchester United seek to end a transfer saga that has dragged on for many months, with a final resolution.

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