Manchester United’s Ecuadorian stalwart Antonio Valencia is reportedly set for a summer exit from Old Trafford, which will end his ten-year stint at the club.
According to a report by Daily Mirror, Antonio Valencia is on the verge of sealing his move away from Manchester United. The versatile Ecuadorian, who has been at Old Trafford for nearly ten years, is set to leave the club in the summer transfer window, with Inter Milan interested in signing him.
Antonio Valencia has well and truly been a stalwart for Manchester United. The Ecuadorian joined the Red Devils from Wigan Athletic in the summer of 2009, arriving at Old Trafford with a burgeoning reputation of being one of the most exciting young wingers in the Premier League.
The player did dazzle as a winger under Sir Alex Ferguson and other managers after him. But, he has most impressed with his ability to reinvent himself as a right-back in recent years. As a full-back, Valencia has used all his experience as a winger while advancing forward, in addition to also showing a lot of defensive astuteness at the back.
But, the latter stages of last season showed that age had perhaps started to catch up to him. And, the current campaign has arguably been the 33-year-old’s worst as a Manchester United player, having fallen completely out of favour, first under Jose Mourinho and currently under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Valencia has just eight appearances under his belt this term, and the emergence of summer arrival Diogo Dalot has not helped his case either. And, with the veteran entering the final six months of his deal at Old Trafford, it has become increasingly apparent that he is set to call time on his decade-long association with Manchester United.
In fact, the player was already heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford while Mourinho was still in-charge of the Red Devils. And, Valencia is now eager to enjoy one final stint at a European club, with Inter Milan showing a great deal of interest in his services.
The Nerazzurri are unlikely to make Sime Vrsaljko’s deal permanent and will need to sign a right-back in his stead, making Valencia a viable target. With his Manchester United contract set to end in the summer, the move to San Siro ought to be a straightforward one.
Antonio Valencia has been an iconic figure at Manchester United. But, it looks like his spell at the club will come to an end in the coming months, as he completes ten years of service at Old Trafford.