Nicolas Otamendi to Manchester United: Transfer of Valencia defender 'close'

The centre-back has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for much of the summer

Nicolas Otamendi is close to a move to Manchester United, according to Valencia based TV station SillasGol.

The Valencia centre-back has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for much of the summer, although Sergio Ramos is the preferred target of United manager Louis van Gaal.

But with Ramos expected to sign a new contract at Real Madrid, speculation the club will turn their attentions to alternative options in defence is growing.

SillasGol claim to have seen legal and tax documentation that proves their claim that Otamendi is on the verge of a move to the Premier League.

Otamendi, who only joined Valencia last summer from Porto, has reportedly indicated he is a keen on the switch. The 27-year-old was one of the stand-out performers in Spanish football last term, earning a place in the La Liga team of the year.

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