United boss Louis van Gaal has reportedly identified the powerful Valencia centre-half as a key defensive target this summer as he bids to assemble a squad capable of challenging for the Premier League title and in Europe.
Reports in Spain claim United are preparing an offer for Otamendi, but the club’s president Amadeo Salvo has warned they won’t allow him to leave the Mestalla on the cheap.
Salvo said: “Valencia do not give in to pressure from any agent or any comments. Valencia’s position will always be the same.
“If Otamendi wants to leave he will have to say it publicly. If he wants to go he will have to come to the club, not an agent, and pay what the club decide he is worth, which is €50 million at least, and with the payment structure that Valencia decide.”
United also retain an interest in Mats Hummels but he seems unlikely to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer, while long-serving United defender Jonny Evans has reportedly been given permission to leave this summer. Sunderland and West Brom are said to be keen.