Graham Hunter, who is a Spanish football expert for Sky Sports, believes Manchester United may not sign one of their most coveted targets this summer – Nicolas Otamendi – if his side Valencia finish in a Champions League spot.
Manchester United are being tipped to spend big at the end of the season, in order to push for a title challenge in 2015/16. The Red Devils have a lot of younger options currently in the backline, and players perhaps not of the world-class ability manager Louis van Gaal needs to achieve his goals with the club.
Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi has attracted a lot of attention this season, with the Argentine centre-back having put in a host of fine performances that could see the La Liga side snatching a Champions League spot at the end of the season. The 27-year-old could well cost up to £50M, according to some reports, which would surely put them off making an approach.
Hunter feels Manchester United won’t be able to force Valencia into a sale with money if they make the Champions League, as they’ll receive lucrative funds for participating in the competition. He said: If they don’t get to the Champions League, then you could say everybody is for sale. If Valencia finish fifth, then their financial situation is such that big clubs will be able to pick off their best players.”
“Manchester United’s interest in Otamendi is well established. If they come in with £50million then Valencia have a decision to make. It is better football sense for Valencia to use their good players to earn Champions League revenue.”
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