Nuno expects swift resolution as Manchester City close in on Otamendi

The Argentina centre-back is closing in on a move to the Premier League leaders despite confusion on Tuesday, with a mooted £25m deal set to see Marcos Lopes head to Valencia

Valencia coach Nuno is expecting a swift resolution to Nicolas Otamendi’s proposed transfer to Manchester City.

The Argentina international flew to Manchester on Monday with agent Jorge Mendes to discuss the details of a £25 million move, though Goal understands talks stalled when City made it clear that Eliaquim Mangala would not be part of the deal.

Marcos Lopes and Jason Denayer have since been put forward as potential makeweights in the deal, with a season-long loan move for Lopes interesting Valencia the most.

As revealed on Friday, Otamendi has not been included in the matchday squad for Valencia’s crucial Champions League qualifier against Monaco on Wednesday, and Nuno insists it has not affected his preparation.

He told reporters: “I understand that you will want to talk about Otamendi, it’s a current topic, but I ask you to respect this press conferemce, because the game is very important. The level in training is very good and gives us hope for tomorrow. The players are solely focused on the opponent.

“With respect to Otamendi, that’s a topic that the club are taking care of. Shortly we will know what happens, but my job is tomorrow’s game. We’re very excited and tomorrow is another step.”

He added: “Until there is something concrete we can’t do anything about signing a new player. The club are able to do it, but we are counting on those we have already and they are transmitting confidence.”

Conflicting reports on Tuesday had thrown the defender’s move into doubt, with some suggesting he was back in training in Valencia, whereas others insisted he is still in Manchester and even attended City’s 3-0 defeat of Chelsea on Sunday.

But Goal understands the move is expected to go through after City included Lopes in the deal, following the decision to exclude Mangala.

Valencia midfielder Enzo Perez added: “The Otamendi situation is not something which doesn’t matter to the rest of us. Nico has given a lot to club and to us, both on and off the pitch. Now he has to sort out his transfer.”