Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has reportedly called Nicolas Otamendi’s representative in an attempt to hijack his transfer to Manchester United, Metro has reported.
The 27-year-old is one of Louis van Gaal's main targets for the upcoming summer transfer window and will almost certainly leave Valencia.
At the end of last month during the Copa America, he confirmed that his agent was in talks with a number of clubs over the possibility of a move.
"I've spoken with my agent and Valencia know what I want," Otamendi was quoted as saying by the Telegraph.
"Therefore, every word my agent has said has obviously been with my permission and he has full permission to talk to who he wants.
"I spoke to the president and my agent and they know my desires very well, but for now I've told my agent that my head is [with Argentina] and left him to it."