Manchester United’s move for Nicolas Otamendi has been dragging on for some time now, with the player keen to join United but his club Valencia trying to squeeze every single penny they can for his signature.
United first registered interest in the player in January but saw their £27m bid for the center back rebuffed. United then reportedly eased on their interest in Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels in order to pursue Otamendi, but may feel like they have made a mistake as Valencia are meeting their every move with resistance.
But Otamendi clearly wants the move and now on international duty at the Copa America, the 27 year old has gone public in order to get his club to play ball.
Speaking to ESPN the Argentine international said:
“Valencia know very well what I want.
“From there, every word my agent says is obviously with my authorisation.”
“(My agent) Fully has my authorisation to speak with whoever he needs to.
“I’ve had a talk with the president and my agent, and he knows very well what my wish is, but for now I’ve told my agent that my head is here and I’m leaving it in his hands, to do what he needs to do.”
It’s a bold step from Otamendi, but one that is likely to further annoy Valencia who are demanding that any club looking to sign him pay the full €50m release clause.