Man United transfers: Nicolas Otamendi to join Man City, says expert
Guillem Balague confirms Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi is set to join Manchester City ahead of Manchester United
Manchester United target Nicolas Otamendi is set to join Manchester City, according to La Liga expert Guillem Balague.
The Red Devils were thought to be leading the race to sign the Argentina international as Louis van Gaal sought to strengthen his defensive options at Old Trafford.
However, the Citizens appear to have stolen a march on their bitter derby rivals after reportedly agreeing a €40m deal with Valencia for the highly-rated centre-half.
And Spanish football expert Balague confirmed that the South American is set to join the Citizens, with talk of Eliaquim Mangala moving to Los Che on loan.
Tomorrow all confirmed: Otamendi to City for €40m and Mangala on loan. Real Madrid would have paid €50m buy out clause if Ramos had gone
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) August 16, 2015
However, Balague retweeted his media colleague Daniel Taylor on Monday morning to suggest that Mangala may not move to Valencia on a season-long loan.
A new twist in the Otamendi transfer deal… https://t.co/zP4LStjaTN
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) August 17, 2015
Van Gaal was dealt a further blow on Monday after Real Madrid confirmed that Sergio Ramos has signed a new five-year deal with the 10-time European champions.