Man United close to completing deal for Man City defensive target

Manchester United are believed to be on the verge of completing a deal to sign Manchester City target Nicolas Otamendi from Valencia, according to reports from the Express.

The 27-year-old’s representative Jorge Mendes is said to have met with both clubs in order to push the deal forward.

United are hoping they can finalize the deal before Otamendi returns to his club for pre-season following his extended holiday due to his involvement for Argentina in the Copa America.

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Manager Louis van Gaal is very keen on reinforcing his backline before the start of the new campaign and is currently leading the race for the services of the Valencia star.

Premier League rivals City have also entered the race for the defender, but with the Red Devils already in advanced talks with the player, a move to Old Trafford looks imminent.

The La Liga giants were said to have already allowed his exit, but are still standing firm on their demands for his £35million release clause to be met.