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Man United close to completing £36m centre-back signing

Man United are reportedly very close to completing a deal to sign Valencia centre-back Nicolas Otamendi according to the Metro.

The highly-rated La Liga defender has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford for some months now and by all accounts Louis van Gaal is within reach of a deal to sign the no-nonsense centre-back.

The £36m rated South American has been in superb form at the Mestalla and would offer Louis van Gaal a strong defensive leader to solidify his shaky defence.

Van Gaal opted to play Daley Blind alongside Chris Smalling as his centre-back pairing during Man United’s 1-0 win over Tottenham last weekend and whilst the England international impressed the versatile Dutchman looked a little out of place.

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Man United have failed with bids for Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, who is set to sign a new contract with the Bernabeu side, and as such a move for Otamendi would be a very useful alternative.

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