The two favourites for the Premier League title both want FC Porto stopper Nicolas Otamendi…
Chelsea and Manchester City both want to sign FC Porto centre-half Nicolas Otamendi, who has admitted that a move to the Premier League could tempt him, talkSPORT reports.
The 25-year-old stopper has impressed in Portugal for the past four years, since arriving from Velez in Argentina. In that time he’s racked up 90 appearances, winning three league titles and a Europa League crown.
As a result, the big spending Premier League rivals are both keen on recruiting him in January, although Porto are known to drive an extremely hard bargain.
After being questioned on the reported interest, Otamendi vowed to continue giving the Portuguese champions his all, but has admitted a firm offer will force him to consider his options.
“I’m glad they speak well of me, that means I do things well, but if an opportunity presents itself, I’ll think. I will continue to help Porto,” he told Portuguese paper Record.
Manchester City are arguably more in need of a centre-half than Chelsea, who have the impressive trio of John Terry, David Luiz and Gary Cahill all competing for a start at the back.
The Blues have also been linked to Inter stopper Andrea Ranocchia, so could be preparing for life after David Luiz, who has been continually linked with a move to La Liga since the summer.
Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany has struggled with injuries this season, and Martin Demichelis and Joleon Lescott are not considered long term options, while Matija Nastasic is still young and inexperienced.