Done deal: Man City beat United to signature of defender Nicolas Otamendi

Manchester City have confirmed on their official website that Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi has completed his move to the Etihad, having signed a five-year deal. To Manchester United fans, though, it is another rather sickening reminder that another one of their targets will be lining up against them this season.

According to the Daily Star, Louis van Gaal was keen to bring the Argentine international to the Premier League this summer, only to miss out on the 27-year-old.

What makes the move all the more soul-destroying for United – apart from the fact that Manuel Pellegrini has managed to secure Otamendi for just £8m due to a debt that the La Liga side owed City for Alvaro Negredo (via Star) – is that it comes just hours after it was confirmed that Chelsea had somehow won the race to sign Barcelona winger Pedro, who had looked destined to become a Man United player (via BBC Sport).

The inability to bring in either of their targets, as well as eight others that Ed Woodward has failed to sign over the years (via Daily Mirror), highlights that something appears to be seriously wrong with the way that the Red Devils are trying to do business.

The club are yet to add another forward during this window, and while Otamendi would not have rectified that situation, his decision to go elsewhere suggests that the Old Trafford outfit are not doing enough to convince the marquee names from around Europe that United actually want them.

That responsibility should surely rest with Woodward, as the lure of playing for one of the most successful sides in the world – and being guaranteed a starting spot, as Pedro and Otamendi surely would – should be enough to lure them to the club, and yet, it’s not, leaving United with just 11 days to do some serious business in what is left of the transfer window.

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