Manchester United captain Antonio Valencia

Antonio Valencia in talks over Manchester United exit

Manchester United captain Antonio Valencia is in talks regarding a move to Inter Milan according to reports.

Valencia arrived at Old Trafford from Wigan in 2009 as a pretty underwhelming replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, who had made an £80 million exit to Real Madrid. However, by the 2011/12 campaign, the pacey right winger had established himself as a crucial member of Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, winning Manchester United‘s player of the year award after scoring four goals and providing 13 assists.

In recent years, the Ecuador international has been converted into a right-back, capable of getting forward and supplementing the United attack.

His attacking instincts have become somewhat blunted though in recent times though, with Ashley Young seemingly being preferred on the right side of defence, despite playing the majority of his career as a left winger, and more recently as a left-back.

Valencia has less than six months remaining on his Manchester United contract, and is free to talk to clubs outside of the Premier League, and while United have an option to extend it by a further 12 months, they have no intention to do so according to the Sunday Mirror.

The reports claims that Inter Milan are interested in signing the 33-year-old, and Valencia’s advisors have already opened talks with the Italian side who are keen to land the player this month.

United are however thought to be reluctant to let him leave in the current transfer window, with youngster Diogo Dalot being the only other option aside from Ashley Young capable of playing at right-back.

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