(Images) Jorge Mendes spotted in Manchester as City step up Otamendi move

High profile football agent Jorge Mendes has been seen in Manchester after flying in to meet with City chiefs over a deal that would see them sign Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi for next to nothing, the Daily Mirror reports.

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The Spanish giants currently owe City £23.8m because their promise to make Alvaro Negredo’s loan move permanent this summer, and it now appears that they have offered up Otamendi to settle the debt.

Otamendi, 27, has a £35.5m release clause installed in his contract, though it is widely believed that they will entertain a smaller offer for the 27-year-old before the transfer window slams shut at the end of the month.

Valencia had been hoping to bring Eliaquim Managala to the Mestalla on loan as part of the deal, but City aren’t keen on letting him go as manager Manuel Pellegrini hopes to partner him alongside Vincent Kompany this term.

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