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Real Betis make Man City’s Nico Otamendi a ‘firm target’

Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi has emerged as a summer target for Real Betis, Fermín de la Calle of Eurosport reports.

32-year-old Otamendi could leave City after five years at the club as part of a defensive overhaul.

And Betis head coach Manuel Pellegrini, who worked with Otamendi in Manchester, has identified him as a ‘firm target’.

Much could depend on whether Martin Demichelis arrives as Pellegrini’s assistant, since he has a close friendship with Otamendi.

Demichelis last year took on a coaching role at Bayern Munich, overseeing their under-19 squad.

But the chance to become Pellegrini’s second-in-command at Betis could appeal to him.

Otamendi almost returned to La Liga last summer with former club Valencia, but no deal was done.

Betis have had problems at the back this season, with their defensive stalwart Marc Barta having a year to forget.

Meanwhile, Moroccan defender Zouhair Feddal is close to joining Sporting CP in Portugal, and his exit will create a vacancy.

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