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Manchester City halve defender’s asking price


Manchester City are desperate to get Nicolas Otamendi off the wage bill this summer. Manchester City have cut their asking price for Nicolas Otamendi by almost half in an effort to offload him, according to reports. 

Manchester City have already secured Nathan Ake from Bournemouth and want to sign another centre-half. The Argentinian was subject of a transfer saga last summer with a return to Valencia falling through, but Los Che are back again, and City are willing to send him back to Spain on a cut-price deal.

The Sun reports that City want Otamendi out so badly they are halving the asking price for the player to roughly £8 million.

Otamendi joined City from Valencia for around £30m in 2015 and was at his best during the club’s 2017/18 record-breaking season when he started 33 Premier League games and chipped in with several goals en route to the historic title win.

Otamendi made just 18 starts in the Premier League this season. That was, admittedly, an increase on what he managed the season before. But in truth, he would not have played so often had it not been for Aymeric Laporte’s injury.

Otamendi fell out of favour soon afterward as Aymeric Laporte emerged as City’s premier defender. He spent much of 2018/19 on the bench and failed to win back a regular place this season, even after the departure of Vincent Kompany. The latter was not directly replaced as Pep Guardiola sometimes also prefer midfielders Fernandinho and Rodri to him at the back.

His wages coming off the wage bill would also free up room to sign additional defenders like Koulibaly as the club looks to win the Premier League next season.

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