Barcelona To Make Shock Bid For Man City Outcast Nicolas Otamendi

Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi is wanted by Barcelona in a shock swoop this month.

The Argentine, 30, has featured just ten times in the Premier League this season and is now poised to quit the Premier League champions.

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 turn their attention to the sought-after centre-half.

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

That spells danger 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 growing frustrated at the club.

The City boss revealed: “He’s not happy. When he plays he’s happy, when he doesn’t play he’s not happy, but not just Otamendi, everybody. All of them.

“We would like to [keep him], but it depends on the players and the agents.”

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