Man United ready to TRIGGER £35.9m release clause in pursuit of rock solid centre-back

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Old Trafford side ready to spend big on La Liga star.

Man United boss Louis van Gaal seems keen to strengthen his Old Trafford defence, despite signs of real improvement at the back of late, with the Daily Star claiming the Premier League side are ready to bid big for Valencia’s Nicolas Otamendi.

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Van Gaal has sent scout Carlos Ruiz to run the rule over the no nonsense Argentine and Man United are apparently ready to offer the required sum needed to trigger the centre-back’s release clause.

Ruiz watched Otamendi put in a strong display over the weekend, his Valencia side thumping Elche 4-0, and such was his showing that the club are ready to spend £35.9m on the 27 year old.

The likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans all struggled earlier in the campaign but the Man United back-line has improved in recent months.

Only Chelsea and Southampton have conceded less goals than Man United this term, with the club conceding 27 in 30 Premier League fixtures, but seemingly van Gaal is still of the belief that investment is needed in that area of his squad.