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Otamendi pursuit ended as star's earnings too much

22nd July 2019, 12:02 by Simon Barlow

Valencia have dropped their pursuit of Manchester City's Nicolas Otamendi - partly because of his 6m euros per year net wages.

The La Liga club were keen on taking the Argentinean back to the Mestalla, where City signed him from for an initial fee of £28.5 million in 2015.

And Pep Guardiola would have sanctioned the sale of the central defender, who made just 15 Premier League appearances last term.

However, reports in Spain claim Los Che have pulled out of any deal because of sporting and financial considerations.

They have three centre-back options and will only look for a new one if one of their current players is sold.

Another reason for giving up on Otamendi was his vast salary, made up of a £120,000 basic wage and bonuses on top.

Otamendi is understood to have almost doubled his basic earnings because of City's domestic treble in 2018-19 and wouldn't be prepared to walk away from the final three years of his contract for a significant pay cut.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Simon Barlow has a wealth of journalism experience and in-depth knowledge in a number of sports. As well as his extensive football knowledge, Simon is also well versed on cricket, tennis, American Football and cycling amongst others.

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