Ten facts about Chelsea 'reported signing' Nicolas Otamendi

FC Porto defender Nicolas Otamendi is set to join Chelsea next summer according to the latest reports.

It seems Chelsea have already made a signing ahead of next summer in the form of 25-year-old Nicolas Otamendi.

Spanish reports have suggested that Barcelona and Serie A side AC Milan tried to bid for the player, but he’s been snapped up by Jose Mourinho’s team ahead of the 2014/2015 season.

There are several benefits of the move for both parties and it’s a transfer which would leave the West London club with a superb core of central defenders, giving Mourinho different options across his back four.

Here’s a little more about him.

1) He can play on either side of central defence and has also appeared as a right-back at points during his career.

2) He spent 12 years in the youth team system of Argentinean club Velez Sarsfield.

3) He made his senior debut for the club as a 20-year-old in May 2008 against Rosario Central.

4) He was named in the South American Team of the Year in 2009 following a poll of journalists.

5) He’s only ever played for two senior clubs; Velez Sarsfield between 2007 and 2010 and FC Porto from 2010 up to now.

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6) He was signed in the summer of 2010 by FC Porto for the relatively small fee of just €4 million.

7) The 25-year-old has been capped by Argentina on 15 occasions with his last appearance coming back in 2011.

8) He was first named in an Argentina’s senior squad for a friendly against Panama having played only 11 professional matches.

9) He has World Cup experience with Argentina having represented his country at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

10) His contract doesn’t expire at Porto until 2015, which means Chelsea will have to pay a fee for his transfer.

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