Guillem Balague: Nicolas Otamendi is in England ahead of Manchester City switch

by Ben Topliss

Nicolas Otamendi has arrived in Manchester as he closes in on a move to Manchester City, according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.

Otamendi has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United in recent weeks but various supports have suggested that the club were never in for him at all.

Instead, Manchester City have been working on a deal for the Valencia defender.

The transfer is expected to go through this week. Valencia reportedly want Eliaquim Mangala on loan as part of the deal but Otamendi’s switch will be separate from those negotiations.

The majority of Man United fans have been urging the club to sign a central defender this summer but it appears Louis van Gaal is happy with his options.

United were keen on Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos but he signed a new deal at the Bernabeu on Monday.

Daley Blind has been playing at centre-back for United in recent weeks and it will likely stay that way for the foreseeable future. Whether or not the team can be successful with the versatile Dutchman at the back remains to be seen.

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