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Man United line up £15m Ronaldo Replacement who just happens to be a Real Madrid target

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The Rumour

Wigan manager Steve Bruce admits that it is now “inevitable” the £15m-rated Valencia, who is set to face United at the JJB Stadium tonight, will be tempted away from the Lancashire club this summer.
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is a long-standing admirer of the Ecuador international, but Real Madrid have also thrown their hat into the ring to sign the player by attempting to thrash out a deal during the January transfer window.

And Bruce has revealed that he expects a Real Madrid scout to watch Valencia, 23, in action against United tonight.
Bruce said: “I believe someone from Real Madrid is flying in for today’s game and I’ve also heard the Germans have been knocking on the door too.
“Whether that is true, I don’t know, but it’s inevitable that Antonio will leave. Where he will go I’m not quite sure.”

The Source: (Daily Telegraph)

The Analysis

Steve Bruce is a pretty down to earth type of manager and if he says it’s inevitable a player will leave then he will leave and many have spoke of Luis Antonio Valencia as a potential replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo who is of course linked with a move to Real Madrid pretty much on an hourly basis, and as if to hedge their bets the Bernabeu outfit is also ready to pounce for Wigan‘s Ecuadorian talent, which is bizarre.

Anyway back to the player in question. I have no doubt as to the abilities the 23 year old possesses and the adaptable attacking midfielder/winger is a very good player but i do doubt that he is anywhere near as finished an article as Cristiano is, i guess Sir Alex would be of the impression that the former Villarreal man can grow and improve at a club of the stature of Man United, but how long would that take and how do the Old Trafford outfit deal with the interim time?

I have to say this rumour, which has been doing the rounds for long enough for people to really believe it to be true, still baffles me.

The Likelihood

Luis Antonio Valencia to Man United: I don’t think it will happen. If Sir Alex does lose Cristiano then they will break the bank for a player more in the Ribery league.

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