Ronaldo replacement deal almost complete!
Manchester United appear poised to make a formal offer for Wigan Athletic winger Antonio Valencia, according to Latics chairman Dave Whelan.
United, who are set to sell forward Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid for £80m, are keen to sign the 23-year-old.
“They have been in touch with us and we will be starting negotiations very shortly, I would imagine,” said Whelan.
“If Antonio says he wants to go to Manchester United and we get the right fee, the deal will be done.”
Some reports in the British media on Saturday claimed United had already submitted a £17.5m bid for the Ecuadorian, who would be a natural replacement for Ronaldo on the right wing.
The Source: (BBC Sport)
If Sir Alex Ferguson seals this deal then he has reason to be happy with his week. Luis Antonio Valencia may not be the next Cristiano Ronaldo but he has potential to be a top top player and if they secure the signing of the Wigan man and still have the best part of £60m to play with from the Real Madrid deal then they will be laughing.
The departure of Ronaldo will obviously have it’s negatives but in many ways the club can now move on. Wayne Rooney can be given his out and out striker role that he craves. The club could even decide to sign Carlos Tevez permanently and at least they don’t have to continue to put up with the Portuguese International’s whining and transfer engineering tactics!
Valencia to Man Utd: Almost certain!