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City defender linked with Atletico switch

The La Liga side are in the hunt for new defenders after losing Diego Godin, Juanfran and Lucas Hernandez, and Otamendi has emerged as a target for them. The City star has struggled for action at the Etihad Stadium, and his chances of playing more football next season do not look like improving despite the departure of Vincent Kompany. City are in the hunt for more reinforcements themselves with Leicester defender Harry Maguire a target, and would be happy to let Otamendi leave at the right price. Otamendi is not Atleti's top target however, and much could depend on what happens with regards their pursuit of Espanyol centre-back Mario Hermoso. As things stand Atleti are unwilling to match the 40million euros valuation and unless there is a breakthrough in negotiations, they could switch targets. Manchester United's Daley Blind is also a target but reports claim Atletico boss Diego Simeone would prefer Otamendi instead.

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