Chelsea hold secret talks to HIJACK move for Man United target

Chelsea are said to be making a last ditch attempt to keep Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi away from Manchester United by holding secret talks with his agent to hijack the deal, according to the Daily Express.

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Blues boss Jose Mourinho has been a long time fan of the Argentine international and is still hoping to bring him to Stamford Bridge as he steps up his search for a long term replacement for veteran skipper John Terry.

And now Spanish newspaper Super Deporte claim Mourinho has been in touch with the player’s agent, the infamous Jorge Mendes, in a bid to broker a late deal.

Chelsea have been told that they will have to meet Valencia’s £26m buyout clause to be in with a chance of landing the 26-year-old, but the final decision would rest with the player.

This would mean that they would undoubtedly unsettle Manchester United’s negotiations to snap him up.

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