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Report: Manchester United target Nicolas Otamendi willing to go on strike to force move

Nicolas Otamendi is said to be desperate to leave Valencia and could refuse to play in their Champions League play-off in August to ensure he isn’t cup-tied.

According to Spanish publication Marca, Nicolas Otamendi is willing to take evasive action to ensure that he will not be a Valencia player next season.

The report states that Otamendi is desperate to leave the club before the 26th July – when the players are due to report back to the Mestalla – and would refuse to play in the club’s Champions League play-off on 18th August if still a member of the squad.

Manchester United’s interest has been well documented since early this year, with Fox Sports reporting the interest in January, but Real Madrid are now said to be ‘seriously’ interested in the defender themselves.

According to Super Deporte, Otamendi is Rafael Benitez’s first choice defender for Madrid this summer and could look to take the player from under United’s nose.

Should United look to sign Otamendi?

The Argentinian’s apparent plan of refusing to play in Valencia’s Champions League match to avoid being cup-tied is an approach that could equally put suitors off as it is to encourage them to make a bid.

Clubs like Madrid and United will be looking to recruit consummate professionals to their side this summer and such a stance towards his contracted club should get alarm bells ringing.

Although it is understandable for Otamendi to want a move to either club, he should stand by the contract he signed until a deal can struck for a move elsewhere.

He is a talented defender, with a big future in the game, but loyalty and character can be just as important as ability in a club’s decision on a player.

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