Nicolas Otamendi to Manchester United: £35million centre-back tells Valencia he 'wants to leave' this summer

Argentinian has been a United target since last summer

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Manchester United target Nicolas Otamendi has told his club Valencia that he wants to leave the Mestalla this summer, according to reports in Spain

The centre-back, 27, has reportedly become Louis van Gaal's top defensive target after Mats Hummels announced his intention to stay with Borussia Dortmund.

Valencia managed to qualify for the Champions League on the final day of the season, but the Argentina international has reportedly told the club's hierarchy that he doesn't see his future with the club.

"Nicolas told [club president Amadeo] Salvo to his face that he wanted to leave Valencia in the summer," Eugenio López, Otamendi’s representative told the Spanish radio station Cadena SER.

"Nicolas is happy at Valencia and with the fans but he’s got an option to improve on a professional level.

"Nico is going to do everything [possible] to leave. There are a lot of conversations with clubs that want Otamendi. Nicolas loves everything at Valencia but, if the chance arose to leave, he’d do everything possible to make it happen."

Salvo has since responded saying that Valencia will fight to keep him and that any potential deal would cost €50million (£35.4m).

"Valencia do not give in to pressure from any agent or any comments," Salvo stated via the club's Twitter account. "Valencia's position will always be the same. If Otamendi wants to leave he will have to say it publicly.

"If he wants to go he will have to come to the club, not an agent, and pay what the club decide he is worth, which is €50 million at least, and with the payment structure that Valencia decide.

"Otamendi is a Valencia player and we are extremely happy with him. Valencia have not received any offer. In any case Valencia are very happy with the player and we would like that he sees out his contract with us."