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Report: Arsenal move for £32m PL defender, but he wants Spain switch

Arsenal are apparently interested in Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi.

According to Spanish daily newspaper Super Desporte, the Gunners have placed an offer on the table for the Argentina international – but the centre-back would prefer a move to his former club Valencia.

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Otamendi has been at the Etihad Stadium for four years after transferring in a deal worth £32 million in 2015 (BBC Sport).

The 31-year-old has been a good servant for the Citizens, with his best campaign coming in 2017/18 which resulted in him being chosen for the PFA Team of the Season.

Last term the form of Aymeric Laporte saw him lose his place in the starting XI, and speculation has picked up regarding his future.

TBR’s view

With Laurent Koscielny’s Emirates future now in serious doubt, £120,000-a-week star Otamendi (Spotrac) would be a decent signing for the Gunners.

The two-time Premier League winner is a couple of years younger than the Frenchman, and is comfortable playing in a pairing or a back three.

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Unfortunately for the Gunners, Otamendi has three years remaining on his contract which could make him a little expensive.

As has been widely reported, Arsenal have only £45 million to spend this summer (before player sales) and Unai Emery has to be somewhat shrewd.

And with Otamendi apparently wanting a return to Spain, a deal here looks highly unlikely.

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