According to the Manchester Evening news, Red Devils manager Louis van Gaal has never had any interest in signing Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi this summer, even if they failed to sign Sergio Ramos from Real Madrid.
The Northwest regional newspaper claims that the only reason United have been linked with a move for the 27-year-old Argentinian defender is so that the La Liga side can up his selling price, and at no time has United ever been interested in signing him.
Here at Soccer Transfer we find this story quite laughable, as Otamendi was long on United’s radar before even the possibility of Sergio Ramos moving to Old Trafford came up, which is why Valencia has stuck such a huge £37 million price tag on the South American, because they know United’s options are limited, and LVG has an overwhelming desire to win the Premiership either this season or the next before he retires, and know a quality player like Otamendi can help him achieve his goals.
Just watching Phil Jones during pre-season should be enough for Red Devil fans to realize that the Northern Irishman is on his way out from Old Trafford, and with United having signed Matteo Darmian from Torino, Otamendi would be a logical next step given his age and experience.
This is most likely a move by United to try and get Valencia to rethink their strategy, but as things stand we still believe the Argentinian will be playing at Old Trafford next season.