Porto capture Argentina’s Otamendi as replacement for Alves


Porto have made inroads into replacing Bruno Alves by completing the signing of Nicolas Otamendi from Velez Sarsfield.

The Argentinean World Cup squad member has signed a five-year deal at the Portuguese giants after a fee of €4m was agreed and adds good versatility as he can perform at both right-back and in the centre of the defence.

Porto manager Andre Villas-Boas has been keen to strengthen his defence after Alves left for Zenit St. Petersburg, as they look to mount a challenge in both domestically and the Europa League.

The 22-year-old just needs to pass a medical before the transfer is officially completed and he is looking forward to the test that lies ahead.

He told the Velez official website: “I’m very happy about the upcoming move and I think it’s the right moment for me to move on.

“I hope to continue to play at the same level as I did at Velez Sarsfield.”

Otamendi has been linked with a move to Europe for much of the close season, with AC Milan, Newcastle and Manchester City among the other clubs speculated to be interested in his signature.

Porto are 20/1 to win the Europa League, despite still not having secured their appearance in the group stages.

However, they are virtually assured to see off KFC Genk in the final qualification round, having claimed a 3-0 success in Belgium in the first leg.

They are 1/5 to collect another victory in the return leg in Portugal, with the draw that will also see them comfortably through priced at 4/1.

A repeat of the 3-0 scoreline from the first leg is 6/1. See the entire correct score market.