His situation depended on if Sergio Ramos joined Manchester United, and if he did, then Otamendi would move to Real Madrid, and it was thought that if Sergio Ramos stayed in Madrid then Otamendi would move to Manchester United. You get all that? Complicated, I know.
Well the latest news in the world of football is that Newcastle United are now lining up a shock move for the Argentine, as reported by Emanuele Giulianelli (@EmaGiulianelli). Now that name probably doesn’t mean a whole lot to you, but he’s a football writer for numerous publications such as FIFA Weekly, FourFourTwo and La Gazzetta dello Sport amongst others. He was also right about the Wijnaldum and Mitrovic transfers long before they were confirmed.
Now on the surface, this still seems massively far fetched for a club like Newcastle United. Firstly, Manchester United and Real Madrid are both after the player. Secondly, Valencia reportedly want £35m for the 27-year old. Those two reasons combined would normally be enough to dash any hopes, but are they?
Around the same time that Giulianelli reported the NUFC connection, it was reported that Manchester United would NOT move for Otamendi or any other defender, even though Sergio Ramos is now 99.99% likely to stay at Real Madrid – That’s now the two main suitors for Otamendi out of the picture.
Another interesting factor to consider is our new assistant head coach Ian Cathro, who was assistant manager at Valencia for a season, where he coached Otamendi and was thought of very highly amongst the players. Although only a small factor, could this potentially play a part in what would be undoubtedly the signing of the summer?
If the club can get past Valencia’s asking price, we couldn’t really pull this off, could we?
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