Manchester City transfer target Nicolás Otamendi dropped by Valencia

• Head coach Nuno drops Argentina defender for Champions League play-off
• City close to agreement over £34m transfer of player

Manchester City are closing on a deal for Nicolás Otamendi and the defender has been left out of Valencia’s preparations for Wednesday’s Champions League play-off against Monaco.

Nuno Espírito Santo, the Valencia coach, said: “Once everything is resolved, we will make decisions and the club will announce everything. For a few days now we have prepared without the option of using Otamendi. This game is crucial for us.”

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