Barcelona Prepare Surprise Bid to Sign Unhappy Nicolas Otamendi From Manchester City

​Barcelona's penchant for unusual transfers could be set to continue, with reports claiming that they are after Manchester City's Nicolas Otamendi for defensive backup.

Otamendi has been a peripheral figure for City this season, making just eight starts in the Premier League, and Pep Guardiola has admitted that the Argentine isn't happy at his lack of game time.

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Samuel Umtiti's injury has left ​Barcelona short at the back and Ernesto Valverde believes that Otamendi could provide competent cover for the rest of the season and beyond.

​The Sun claims that ​Manchester City want to sign Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt as Otamendi's 'replacement', although in practice the Argentine's future has very little bearing on De Ligt's.

A fee of £35m has been touted for Otamendi, with De Ligt priced at £50m, but both of these valuations are probably wide of the mark - Otamendi's too high, De Ligt's too low.

Guardiola said of Otamendi: "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. He's a guy who plays with problems, with kicks, with muscular issues and always he's there.

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"It's incredible. What I said last season remains the same for me, it doesn't matter if he plays more regularly than last season.

"I'm delighted with him but I can understand him [wanting to play more]."

Barcelona have already made three signings this month, bringing in Jeison Murillo and Kevin-Prince Boateng on loan and agreeing a deal for Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who will join next summer.

Source : 90min