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Opinion: It’s time for Man City to offload their 31-year-old South American star and Pep must do this

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Manchester City players Fernandinho (left) and Otamendi (right) celebrate against Manchester United at Old Trafford. (Getty Images)

Why Manchester City shouldn’t hold on to Nicolas Otamendi

 Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamedni has been subject to transfer interest from his former club Valencia, as per a report from Marca.

The Argentine centre-back has been serving the Sky Blues for around five seasons, playing more than 150 games.

Nicolas Otamendi

Going forth, Pep Guardiola shouldn’t consider the South American as a long-term entity and try to get rid of him in due time.

It is unarguable that Otamendi has been pivotal for Pep Guardiola’s side, helping them win a handful of titles. However, the 2018/19 campaign saw him go down the pecking order due to the presence of Aymeric Laporte, who was in great form throughout the campaign.

Besides, the Cityzens boast talented defenders like John Stones and Taylor Harwood-Bellis, who are young and would be great long-term players. Considering this, it would be a little tough for Otamendi to affix his place in the playing 11.

Nicolas Otamendi and Aymeric Laporte

He also had a lethargic campaign with Argentina in Copa America, where his performance was highly criticized. The former FC Porto man holds a contract with the Cityzens until 2022.

The Sky Blues enjoyed the same amount of domestic dominance the last term but once again failed to win the elusive UCL trophy.

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With the European crown turning out to be the major objective, Guardiola should have an impeccable squad at his disposal. Whilst there are enough resources to rely upon, Otamendi can’t be the one to lead the Cityzens’ defence.

Final Verdict

The Sky Blues haven’t had the best time in the recently concluded transfer window, given that they didn’t spend big besides signing Rodri and Joao Cancelo.

As far as the defence is concerned, there is a question as to who will fill the void left by Kompany. And to that end, Otamendi is certainly not the answer.