Manchester United defensive target could cost them £50m, claims respected journalist

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Manchester United could have to pay £50 million to sign Valencia centre-back Nicolas Otamendi according to respected journalist Graham Hunter, reports the Daily Express.

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However, if Valencia finish outside of the Champions League qualification places then there is a chance he will be available cheaper. They are currently fourth meaning they will qualify, but Sevilla are just three points behind them in fifth. Both clubs have similar run ins, so Los Murcielagos currently hold the advantage.

Hunter revealed that he believes the Red Devils will make a move for Otamendi in the summer, but doesn’t know if they will be successful. Valencia are owned by billionaire Peter Lim, so outside of Financial Fair Play rulings money is not an issue for them. If a bid of £50 million was made though the fair play repercussions of accepting it could be good enough for the La Liga side to let their player go.

Hunter said: “Manchester United’s interest in acquiring Otamendi is well established. Therefore, I would expect them to try to buy him in the summer.”If they come in with £50 million then Valencia have a decision to make. It is better football sense for Valencia’s level to use the good players they have got to earn Champions League revenue.”

He added: “Of course if they don’t get to the Champions League, then you could say everybody is for sale. If Valencia finish fifth, then their financial situation is such that big clubs will be able to pick off their best players.”

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