News today in The Sun that Newcastle United are ready to bid for £8.5M rated Argentina defender Nicolas Otamendi from his home-town club, Velez Sarsfield.
Nicolas Otamendi – Newcastle interested?
If you remember he was the young lad, just 22 years-old, who replaced Jonas Gutierrez at right back, after the first two World Cup games, when the Newcastle player was suspended, and Nicholas kept his place for the rest of the tournament.
The Sun is reporting that Newcastle’s Chris Hughton is at the head of the queue for the Argentine, but surely not for £8.5M.
Maybe £4M is a more realistic price, but there’s little doubt this player is already a good player.
And if Newcastle are really interested (who knows?), we would expect our other two Argentine stars, Coloccini and Gutierrez to assist in persuading the player to move to Tyneside – if that is necessary.
The 6′ tall player is a more natural center-back, although he can also play at right back, and while he played great against Mexico, he received a lot of criticism for his weak performance against Germany in the quarter finals.
But Nicholas certainly fits the profile of players Chris wants to bring to the club this summer, and he’s played around 40 times for his Argentine club, based in the Liniers neighborhood of western Buenos Aires, and 10 times for the National side.
Maybe Chris will comment on this rumor later today, and if he doesn’t, that could even mean the news could be accurate. Well, we suppose anything is possible in football. 😀
Talking about a possible move, Otamendi said:
“I wouldn’t think twice about moving.”
Written from the Renaissance Chancery Court Hotel, London, England