Jorge Mendes tells Manchester United: Otamendi is not for sale

EXCLUSIVE: The Argentine defender is interesting Louis van Gaal, but Valencia – via the Portuguese agent – have told the Premier League club they have no intention of selling


Manchester United have been in touch with super-agent Jorge Mendes over a possible move for Valencia centre-back Nicolas Otamendi, but have been told the 26-year-old is not for sale.

Otamendi almost joined United before moving to Valencia from Porto in January last year, but the Red Devils pulled out of a deal and allowed the Spanish side to swoop for the former Velez Sarsfield defender.

The Argentina centre-back was loaned out to Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro in 2014, but has become a fan favourite at Mestalla this term and scored the winner in his side’s 2-1 win over Real Madrid earlier in January.

Signed prior to the investment of Singapore billionaire Peter Lim, Otamendi is now seen as the cornerstone of Valencia’s exciting new project and United were told by Mendes there is no chance of a deal at the moment.

Manager Louis van Gaal is still seeking a strong central defender and Otamendi’s aggressive style fits the bill for the Old Trafford outfit, but the Argentine’s release clause stands at a prohibitive €50 million and Valencia’s new-found wealth means they have no need to sell.

Mendes, meanwhile, is keen to safeguard his working relationship with Lim which has seen several Gestifute clients move to Mestalla in recent times, including coach Nuno, midfielder Andre Gomes, forward Rodrigo and right-back Joao Cancelo.

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Hull City make €3m move for Lokomotiv Moscow striker N'Doye

Steve Bruce wants a new forward after missing out on Jermain Defoe but could face competition for the Senegalese’s signature from Swansea City and Crystal Palace


Hull City have made a bid of €3 million for Lokomotiv Moscow striker Dame N’Doye.

Manager Steve Bruce is in the market for reinforcements up front in January after seeing Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez sidelined by injuries.

Bruce missed out on Jermain Defoe to Sunderland and now hopes to bring the Senegal international to the KC Stadium instead.

N’Doye is out of contract at Lokomotiv in the summer and the Russian club could decide to cash in on him now rather than risk losing the 29-year-old for nothing when his contract expires.

Hull are hoping to tempt Lokomotiv into a sale of the forward and have tabled a €3 million bid for the former Panathinaikos and FC Copenhagen striker.

The Tigers have struggled for goals this season and Bruce sees N’Doye as someone who can help fire his side to Premier League safety but he could face competition for his signature, with Swansea City and Crystal Palace keeping tabs on the Senegalese as they look to bring a new striker before the close of the transfer window.

Lucas Silva to Real Madrid is a done deal, says Cruzeiro vice president

Marcio Rodrigues says an official statement on the transfer is imminent after the player decided he wanted to accept the offer from the European champions

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Lucas Silva’s transfer to Real Madrid has been agreed and will be announced imminently, according to Cruzeiro’s vice president.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side have long been pursuing a deal for the young midfielder, with Asier Illarramendi expected to be allowed the chance to leave the club once the Brazilian arrives at Santiago Bernabeu.

Cruzeiro official Marcio Rodrigues has since confirmed the 21-year-old has accepted the offer from the European champions – thought to include a six-and-a-half-year contract – and is expecting the deal to be made official soon.

“Lucas Silva’s transfer deal is official and a statement will be made on Thursday,” he told ESPN Brazil. “The player has decided it’s time for him to leave.

“We won’t have any problem finding a replacement. Various reserve team players are ready to step up.”

Lucas Silva has played an integral role in Cruzeiro’s back-to-back Brasileirao successes in the past two seasons.

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Illarramendi: I want to stay at Real Madrid

The 24-year-old says he has heard no word of a potential deal for Lucas Silva and has no desire to force a move away from the club


Asier Illarramendi says he wants to stay and fight for his Real Madrid place despite the club’s pursuit of Lucas Silva.

The European champions expect to complete the signing of the Cruzeiro midfielder in the coming days, with Illarramendi – already behind Toni Kroos, James Rodriguez and Isco in the Santiago Bernabeu pecking order – likely to be surplus to requirements should the Brazilian arrive this month.

However, the former Real Sociedad man says Madrid have not yet told him to find a new club and says he has no plans to demand a departure.

“Today, the club has not said anything about my departure,” the 24-year-old told reporters on Thursday. “I want to stay at Real Madrid. I’m very happy at this club and in this city. I’m only looking towards this Saturday’s game.

“Lucas Silva? I don’t know anything about him, the club have not told me anything.”

Illarramendi, who joined Madrid for a total fee of €39 million in July 2013, has made 21 appearances in all competitions so far this season.