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EXCLUSIVE: Wigan winger Valencia WILL sign for Manchester United in the summer | Mail Online

EXCLUSIVE: Wigan winger Valencia WILL sign for Manchester United in the summer

Antonio Valencia will sign for Manchester United during the summer transfer window.

Sportsmail understands that Wigan are resigned to losing their Ecuador winger to the champions for a fee in excess of £5million.

The same agent who engineered Wilson Palacios's £12m move from the JJB Stadium to Tottenham in January will act as intermediary in the Valencia deal.

Sir Alex Ferguson has been monitoring the progress of the 23-year-old wide player for some time, having expressed an interest in the former Villarreal star last summer, according to the player's agent Diego Herrera.

Last summer, when United allegedly came knocking, Latics boss Steve Bruce admitted the lustre of the Red Devils would be too much to resist for any of his young players.

Bruce said: 'Come on, we have to be sensible about this. If Man United come knocking at the door, how the hell can you refuse them?

'I'm aware you can't deny somebody like a Manchester United or a Liverpool or a Tottenham.

'This club never wanted to sell (Pascal) Chimbonda, but players want to go and you can understand that, so we have to be realistic as well.'

- Nowhere in the article does it say Valencia will join United, but the Daily Mail makes an 'Exclusive' out of it. Oh well.... just passing along the info.

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I don't think that it is anything like a done deal at all. However, I think Fergie will be looking at several wingers currently to add to his one class winger for next season. He had a late bid last summer for David Silva rejected but that situation may now change, Ribery has said we're interested, I've heard rumours about Alexi Sanchez too, and Valencia is another name that keeps coming up. I think theres probably an element of truth in all of them in the sense that he is probably sounding out their availablity.

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Its down to how fergie feels about both tosic and nani Imo, if he feels they wont develop then he will most probably bid for a silva or valencia, I doubt he would try and sign ribery just because of the high fee it would require.
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