£35m Man United target urged to stay by Valencia teammate

Valencia striker Paco Alcacer has asked Manchester United target Nicolas Otamendi to snub a move to the Premier League, according to reports from the Express.

Otamendi has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford as an alternative to Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos in recent weeks, with city rivals Manchester City also keen on the Argentina international.

And only last week, it was reported that his representatives made a trip to England in order to negotiate a transfer.

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However, it seems that any move is being complicated by Otamendi’s massive buy-out clause, which is set at £35million.

With the transfer currently in limbo, Otamendi’s Valencia teammate Alcacer is thus urging the 27-year-old to remain at the Vicente Calderon, as he sees the defender as a vital player for the squad.

He said: “Nico is a major player and I would love him to stay.

“He is a key player for Valencia. If I said I did not want to stay, I’d be lying.

“Otamendi, Shkodran Mustafi, Lucas Orban and Ruben Vezo are all important. If they are playing, they will make those who play do better.”

Valencia qualified for the UEFA Champions League by finishing fourth in La Liga, however they will need to pass a two-legged playoff round to reach the group stages.