Valencia ace agitates for a move to Man United

The Independent are reporting that Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi has told the club that he wants his future sorted before 27 July, as the Argentinian continues to be linked with a big-money move to Manchester United.

Valencia are due back for pre-season training at the end of the month, and while Otamendi may very well still be at the club when the squad regroups, the 27-year-old has told friends and family that not only is he prepared to leave the Spanish city, he is also willing to go on strike to force through a move.

Los Ches insist that they will only sell if a club meets Otamendi’s ¬£35 million release clause.

The centre back has been omitted from Valencia’s marketing campaign for next season’s kit, which was launched on Thursday, leading to speculation that a transfer is imminent.

Otamendi has been heavily linked with a move to the Red Devils, with United boss Louis van Gaal keen to strengthen his side’s defence.