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Man City looking to sell 32yo defender on the cheap

It’s another day and another story speculating the future of Manchester City’s defence.

Yesterday we had John Stones being linked with a move away from the Etihad, today it’s Nicolas Otamendi.  

The 32-year-old’s asking price has been dropped, following the arrival of Nathan Ake from Bournemouth earlier this month, and City could look to try to offload the defender for as little as £8m.

The Argentine has been with the Citizens since 2015, following his arrival from Valencia. It’s thought a return to the La Liga club is the move that is most likely on the cards.

It’s hard to argue his time with City hasn’t been successful, he’s won two Premier Leagues, one FA Cup and four League Cups.

His inconsistency at times has, however, often been the frustration for fans.

This season alone saw poor defensive displays early on against Norwich and Wolves, both games in which Man City lost.

The injury to Aymeric Laporte should have allowed both him and Stones to form a solid partnership at the back. Instead, Pep Guardiola preferred to play the more reliable defensive midfielder, Fernandinho, out of position at centre half.

And when the season finally resumed, it was youngster Eric Garcia who took his chance at centre half.

Although it looks as though his time at the Etihad is coming to an end, Otamendi has still been a big influence in the dressing room.

Guardiola revealing he felt the Argentine was one of four players in the current City squad who would be deserving of a Champions League medal, “Or Nico, how he was in the locker room before the game, supporting his teammates and playing the last five or ten minutes to help us.”

If this is the end of his time at City, you feel a Champions League winners medal would be a fitting finale for a man who’s made over 200 appearances for the club.

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