Premier League giants chasing La Liga ace.
Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City are in contention to sign £25m-rated Valencia centre-back Nicolas Otamendi this summer, with United the current favourites to snap him up, according to the Daily Star.
The Red Devils have reportedly tried to get super-agent Jorge Mendes on board to help push the move through, the Star claims, and the powerful representative has also helped the club in the past by playing a role in Angel Di Maria’s move to Old Trafford last summer.
Although Otamendi is represented by Eugenio Lopez, who wants his client to link up with Louis van Gaal’s side, United hope Mendes can help steer the move in their direction, though he is supposedly set to sound out Chelsea and City over the move as well.
The Argentine international defender was one of La Liga’s stand-out performers last season, showing some superb ability at the back to look like a potential target for the Premier League’s top sides this summer.
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The Daily Express reported this week that Chelsea could try to hijack the player’s move to United, but it seems they may still have a fight on their hands.
Defence is clearly a priority for Van Gaal in this transfer window, with Spanish source Marca insisting that Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos is still one of their other main targets in that position. With Jonny Evans and Phil Jones among the team’s most unconvincing performers at the back last season, it is perhaps little surprise to see more established names being targeted in that area as the club hope to mount a more serious title challenge in 2015/16 after only narrowly finishing fourth last term.