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Manchester United & Man City target skips training in attempt to force summer transfer

Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi has elected to skip training as he looks to engineer a Mestalla exit, according to Spanish source Marca.

The 27-year-old Argentine impressed greatly last season and is the type of no-nonsense centre-back who could prove a big success in the Premier League.

Marca state that Man City are keen on the South American and have previously failed with a €40m bid for his services, whilst Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is also known to be pursuing the Valencia star (via talkSPORT).

Otamendi move to Valencia in February 2014 and barely missed a Liga BBVA fixture in the 2014/15 season, earning a more prominent role in the Argentina national side. The player was named by Gerardo Martino in the Albiceleste squad at the Copa America this summer.

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