Manchester City centre-back Nicolas Otamendi will be allowed to leave the club in the upcoming summer window, according to The Times.
Since joining the club almost five years ago, Otamendi has made 198 appearances for the Blues and has scored 11 times. He was one of the key figures in the famous ‘Centurions’ season, playing in all but four league games.
Now, Paul Hirst reports that the Argentine may be on his way out of the club soon. The defender is set to depart in search of more regular gametime to ensure he’s in the Argentina manager’s thinking for the 2022 World Cup; and has been linked with former club Valencia.
However, there could be a few snags in getting the deal done. Firstly, Otamendi still has over two years left on his current contract, meaning the club are likely to want to recoup at least some of the £30m they paid for him in 2015.
On top of that, the defender is reportedly unwilling to take a wage cut, meaning any club who wants to sign him will need to match his £120,000-a-week demands.
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