Cheznews has gathered up information that the Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is plotting a move to snap Old Trafford bound defender Otamendi.
The Portuguese born Stamford Bridge gaffer has been a long time fan of the Valencia centre-back and is making moves with his agent Jorge Mendes to make the plan a reality. And considering the ability of Mendes in luring huge stars over, it is likely that this plan will soon materialize. It will be recalled that the same agent brought over Diego Costa and Radamel Falcao to Stamford Bridge, hence, LVG should watch out!
Although Real Madrid were linked with a move for Otamendi, reports suggest that Los Blancos have pulled out of the race because they believe he has agreed a move to Old Trafford.
They will focus on acquiring Ezequiel Garay, Otamendi’s international team-mate with Argentina from Zenit Saint Petersburg instead.
It must be said, United have a much greater need for Otamendi than Chelsea. Louis van Gaal’s current centre-back options include Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Marcos Rojo, four names who don’t particularly fill opposing strikers with fear.
Chelsea’s recent title-winning season was built on a formidable defence. Mourinho’s return has reignited John Terry’s career, a player who remains an ever-present in the west London side and an i timidating figure in the back four.
Gary Cahill suffered a handful of difficult moments during 2014-15 usually down to his lack of pace resulting in Mourinho providing talented youngster Kurt Zouma with ample playing time. Adding Otamendi will upset this dynamic or recreate another formidable defence wall.
The Blues have also worked to a one-in-one-out policy in recent times. Stars such as Juan Mata, Kevin De Bruyne and David Luiz have been sacrificed to ensure the club doesn’t breach UEFA’s financial fair play guidelines. Chelsea cannot afford to have a major fine and squad limit imposed when they are battling for silverware across four fronts.
Otamendi is a Mourinho-style player, though, so it’s easy to see why his name is being linked. The former Porto man wins the ball with regularity and is someone who throws his body in the way to stop shots with little regard for his body. Like Terry and Cahill, he’s also a threat from set pieces, having racked up six goals in La Liga last season.
His £36 million release clause should be considered too costly to Chelsea, who would be adding Otamendi as a perfect replacement for the Chelsea legendary full-back John Terry who is 34 years and no longer has age on his side.
The 27-year-old could become essential under Van Gaal at United, especially considering the manager and club are more inclined to spend heavily in a bid to improve the quality of game at the Old Trafford ground.