Valencia list Otamendi replacement options, with Manchester City defender considered

Mestalla Valencia

Manchester City could propose a swap deal involving Eliaquim Mangala, if they enter the bidding for Valencia star Nicolas Otamendi.

A shortlist of powerful central defensive targets is currently being drawn up by Valencia, according to local sports outlet Super Deporte, amidst the increasing likelihood that Argentine star Nicolas Otamendi will leave the Mestalla this summer.

Whilst clearly frustrated at the posture of Otamendi, who is at the centre of bids from Manchester United and possibly also, Real Madrid, there's no time being wasted by Valencia in highlighting options for his replacement.

Super Deporte has linked four strong candidates as having being suggested by Valencia boss, Nuno Espirito Santo, as the players he would prefer the club to move for, with three of them conveniently represented by Portuguese super-agent, Jorge Mendes.

Those three are Argentine Ezequiel Garay of Zenit St Petersburg, Colombian powerhouse Eder Balanta of River Plate, and French international Eliaquim Mangala of Manchester City, who only moved from Portuguese side FC Porto last summer.

Interestingly, given reports from the Manchester Evening News that City are monitoring the situation of Otamendi, any approach from Pellegrini's side could prove advantageous, with the possibility of offering Mangala in part-exchange.

The final option that Valencia are considering is the imposing figure of Stuttgart centre-back, Antonio Rüdiger, with the 22-year-old having already forced his way into the German national team.

Although Rüdiger isn't currently represented by Jorge Mendes, recent reports have claimed the super-agent is trying to get the German youngster on board with his company.

Whilst it's true that Valencia will be hugely disappointed to see Otamendi leave, they certainly appear have plenty of quality replacement options in mind. When, rather than if the Argentine star departs, it could spark a Europe wide flurry of defender moves, involving all the centre-backs on their shortlist.

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