Valencia President Amadeo Salvo has claimed that his side won’t sell defender Nicolás Otamendi for a penny less than 50 million Euros.
The Argentine defender has been heavily linked with a summer transfer to Manchester United, with the Old Trafford club keen to recruit an elite central defender.
But in an interview with Spanish newspaper AS, Salvo has made it perfectly clear that Valencia’s star man won’t be prised away easily.
“The only thing we have to say is that Otamendi is a Valencia player and if, as his agent says, he wants to leave, then he has to announce his wishes in public because he is an employee at Valencia. After that, his agent will need to come along to the club and make an offer. As I have already mentioned before, the starting price will be 50 million euros and the payment plan will be decided by Valencia.”
When pressed on whether or not the club had rejected a bid for Otamendi in January, Salvo snapped: “We’ve never received an offer for Otamendi. And if you think I am lying, the club will verify that. Otamendi’s not for sale. For that to change, the player first has to come out and publicly state that he wants to leave. And if Otamendi does that, the starting price – the minimum will be 50 million euros.”
Louis van Gaal is eager to bolster his squad, with Germany defender Mats Hummel reported to have rejected a big-money move to the Dutchman’s side.