Nicolas Otamendi
Nicolas Otamendi has long been linked with a move to Manchester United

Valencia centre-back Nicolas Otamendi and Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak have been named in the La Liga best XI of the season amid speculation linking them with a move to Manchester United and Arsenal, respectively.

The Argentinian international defender has been heavily linked with a move to Louis van Gaal's side since the January transfer window, when according to reports in Spain, Valencia rejected a €35m (£25.3m) bid from Old Trafford to secure his services.

The Dutch boss is still looking for a world class centre-back to fill the void left by last summer's departures of both Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, and has reportedly identified the Valencia star as a priority.

In early June Otamendi's agent admitted the player would be interested in moving to a new club in Europe's elite. Argentine publication Diario Ole added he had already signed a preliminary contract with the Red Devils – with Valencia insisting since they would need to meet his full €50m release clause to complete the signing.

Meanwhile, Krychowiak has been linked with a move to the Premier League after Southampton reportedly made a formal €12m bid to secure his services, while The Times reported Arsene Wenger has earmarked him as an alternative to Morgan Schneiderlin.

And while the Polish and Argentine stars have attracted the attention of the Premier League giants, the duo have also been rewarded for their impressive campaign with a place alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the La Liga best XI.

The Valencia centre-back leads a back-line with Barcelona trio Gerard Pique, Dani Alves and Jordi Alba, while the Arsenal target made the midfield alongside Real Madrid sensation James Rodriguez and Barca's Ivan Rakitic.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi and Antoine Griezmann complete the line-up, with Claudio Bravo between the sticks.

Furthermore, Luis Enrique has been chosen as the best manager of the season after leading Barcelona to the treble – La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League – in his debut campaign at the Camp Nou.

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