Newcastle In Shock Move for Top Class Argentine Center-Back

Newcastle United are reported to be after Valencia’s Nicolas Otamendi, the Argentine International center-back who has 25 caps for his country and who some very big clubs are after.

Nicholas is a very good player who joined Valencia last summer after spending four years at Porto and he’s a highly regarded defender on the continent.

epa04753996 Valencia CF's Argentinian midfielder Nicolas Otamendi celebrates after scoring against Celta during the Spanish Liga Primera Division soccer match played at Mestalla stadium, in Valencia, eastern Spain, 17 May 2015.  EPA/Kai Foersterling

Nicolas Otamendi – Valencia’s Argentine center-back

He joined the Spanish side sixteen months ago for €12M (£8.5M) from Porto, but his transfer fee will be higher than that now because he had a very good first season for Valencia.

The rumors started with Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli tweeting this yesterday:

But some other top clubs are after him and they can offer him Champions League football – and they include the top two clubs in the world – Real Madrid and Manchester United.

Manchester United want him if they cannot get Sergio Ramos from Madrid, and that deal now seems like it’s doomed to failure, so they could make a move for the Argentine.

However, the Mail is reporting in an article the Red Devils will not target the 27 year-old.

Real Madrid were said to be interested if Ramos left them this summer for Manchester.

But it seems we would have no chance of getting this player if the price of £35M being banded around is accurate.

That’s far too high for Otamendi and Newcastle wouldn’t pay that.

If we did and we brought in Charlie Austin that would be around £85M Newcastle would have spent this summer.

One thing in Newcastle favor is we now have Ian Cathro at the club, and he will know all about this player after being the assistant manager there last season, and if he is a good salesman then it may be possible to attract the lad to Newcastle.

But for a player who cost £8.5M eighteen months ago £35M is over four times that previous transfer fee, and far too high for the 27 year-old 6 ft tall defender.

It’s a deal Mike Ashley would be proud of – but only if he was the seller and not the buyer.

If the fee was half that – it could be a decent deal for Newcastle.

Otamendi started his career at his home town Buenos Aries club Velez Sarsfield before joining Porto in 2010.

He played 122 times with 10 goals for Porto, and since he’s been at Valencia he’s played 38 times with 6 goals.

He made his Argentina debut back in April, 2009 for coach Diego Maradona when he started in a friendly with Panama, after playing only 11 games for the Velez Sarsfield first team.

We would be shocked if there’s any chance of Newcastle getting this player over the line.

But we are (very) willing to be wrong about that.


Joel Matip of Schalke and Aymen Abdennour of Marseilles are two very good center-backs we have been linked with, and would seem to provide better value for Newcastle.

What do you think?

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