Real Madrid waver on €30m deal for Manchester City player offered to them

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 31:  Divock Origi of Liverpool closes down Nicolas Otamendi of Manchester City  during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on December 31, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi has been offered to Real Madrid for a fee in the region of €30 million (£25.8 million), according to Spanish newspaper Marca.

Real Madrid are in the market for a new central defender, with Pepe looking likely to move to China at the end of the season, and Otamendi could be a casualty of Pep Guardiola’s summer overhaul.

Reports in recent days have also linked Otamendi with a return to Spain but Real Madrid are unsure as to whether they want to invest in the Argentine with the likes of Nacho Fernandez and Jesús Vallejo bursting onto the scene this term.

29-year-old Otamendi has struggled during his time in England, with a lack of consistency and tendency to make rash decisions preventing him from retaining his place in the starting line-up.

The likes of Leonardo Bonucci, Virgil Van Dijk, and Aymeric Laporte have all been linked with a summer switch to the Etihad, which could see Otamendi depart – whether it be to Real Madrid or another club.

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