When it comes to the transfer market, Barcelona are simply one of the best in the business.
The reports in England suggested that Barcelona are linked with a move for Manchester City centre-back Nicolas Otamendi.
The Argentina international was signed by Manchester City in August 2015 from Valencia for a fee of 44.6 million euros. The 30-year-old has a contract until 2022 with the club.
Otamendi has played 156 times for Manchester City since signing from Valencia, scoring 8 goals and creating 4 assists in that time.
The 30-year-old is considered to be one of the best centre-backs in Argentina.
His record for Argentina is also impressive. Otamendi has scored 4 goals in 59 matches for Argentina at senior level.
Ernesto Valverde is looking to shore up his defensive options and Manchester City’s Nicolas Otamendi happens to be a target. He is a known admirer of the player and is reportedly keen on the idea of bringing him this winter.
Barcelona are in the market for just a handful of statement signings who can improve the first-team.
Otamendi can play multiple positions in defense.
According to The Sun, “Pep Guardiola is keen to bolster his defensive ranks too, eyeing up a £50million move for Ajax wonderkid Matthijs de Ligt. With City missing out on another Ajax star in Frenkie De Jong to Barca, they may now turn their attention to the sought-after centre-half. And with the La Liga giants spending the £65m on the midfielder, they look to be out of the race for expensive De Ligt. That spells danger for Otamendi who looks set to slip further down the pecking order in Manchester. With Barcelona coming knocking in a desperate bid to sort out their own defensive crisis, Otamendi could find himself at a new home in a matter of days. It’s thought City would demand around £35m for the Argentine star.”
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Undoubtedly Otamendi would be a fantastic recruit for Barcelona.
Barcelona fans would certainly love to see him arrive at the club this winter.