Nicolas Otamendi can help Wolves realise European ambitions if he signs

Goal are reporting that Manchester City man and Wolves target Nicolas Otamendi is after a move to Valencia after reduced game time under Pep Guardiola this season.

What’s the word?

Last week, Marca Argentina claimed that Wolves were showing an interest in the Argentine who was seeking a move away from Man City.

But Goal has now suggested that the centre back is favouring a transfer back to Valencia, where he played for a season during 2014/15.

The same publication previously reported that Otamendi was looking to leave Man City in search of more game time and it now appears that he sees his future in Spain.

Rated at £27m by Transfermarkt, he was a pivotal part of City’s title-winning side last season but has been overtaken by Aymeric Laporte in the pecking order.

Even if Otamendi’s desire is to go back to Spain, Wolves must convince him to stay in the Premier League and join Nuno Santo’s exciting project.

European ambitions

Last October, Managing Director of Wolves, Laurie Dalrymple claimed the ultimate aim was to get into Europe, per quotes relaid by Birmingham Live, after an appearance on BBC’s Football Focus. Signing Otamendi would more than help the club realise these ambitions.

Wolves won’t need much in the transfer market. Their main concern will surely be about adding depth to a particularly thin squad.

However, given some of the defensive inconsistencies we’ve seen from Nuno’s team in recent times, Otamendi would be a stellar acquisition.

In attack, Wolves more than have the capability to threaten in Europe but it’s in defence where some questions arguably still lie.

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Willy Boly and Conor Coady have had fantastic seasons but the club are lacking a third defender with real consistency. Both Ryan Bennett and Romain Saiss have only shown glimpses of their true capabilities in defence and as such, Otamendi would significantly improve the team.

Not only could he benefit them domestically, but if they were to qualify for the Europa League, they’d boast a player with international and European pedigree aplenty.