Barcelona will make shock bid for Man City outcast Nicolas Otamendi

MANCHESTER CITY defender Nicolas Otamendi is needed by Barcelona in a stun swoop this month.

Pep Guardiola is keen to bolster his defensive ranks too, eyeing up a £50million move for Ajax wonderkid Matthijs de Ligt.

With City missing out on another Ajax star in Frenkie De Jong to Barca, they may now direct their concentration toward the looked for after focus half.

And with the La Liga giants spending the £65m on the midfielder, they seem to be out of the race for costly De Ligt.

That spells threat for Otamendi who looks set to slip further down the pecking order in Manchester.

John Stones and Aymeric Laporte have developed a strong defensive partnership this season, with Vincent Kompany still a key figure when fit.

Earlier this week, Guardiola revealed the defender – who joined the club in 2015 for a fee of £28m – was becoming disappointed at the club.

However, Guardiola added he still has faith in Otamendi, saying: « He’s a guy who plays with problems, with kicks, with solid issues and forever he’s there.

“It’s incredible. What I said last season remains the same for me, it doesn’t make a difference in the event that he plays more normally than last season.


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