Antonio Valencia set for Man Utd exit as he ‘opens talks with Inter Milan over transfer’

By | 12th January 2019

MANCHESTER UNITED captain Antonio Valencia is set to leave Old Trafford in the summer, according to reports.

The Ecuadorian’s contract expires in six months and, with the Red Devils reluctant to offer the full-back a new deal, his representatives are said to be “in negotiations” with Inter Milan.

Antonio Valencia is reportedly in talks with Inter Milan over a free transfer in the summer
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United have an option to extend Valencia‘s contract for one more year, and have till March to trigger the extension.

The Red Devils have already used the option to keep David De Gea and Anthony Martial for further 12 months.

But the club has not shown any intention to make an offer to either Valencia or Phil Jones.

And Mirror reports that the 33-year-old defender is already considering his options with his representative already “in negotiations” with Inter, who are interested in landing the versatile player for free in the summer.

United can extend Valencia’s offer for further 12 months, but the club have not shown an interest in triggering the option

Valencia joined United in 2009 from Wigan and has played 338 games for the Red Devils during his 10-year career at Old Trafford.

Initially playing as a winger, he has been converted into a first-choice right-back by Sir Alex Ferguson, and given the captain armband by Jose Mourinho at the beginning of the current season.

But following a fallout with the Portuguese manager, and with the emergence of Diogo Dalot, he lost his place in the squad.

After Mourinho’s sacking, United caretaker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer started Valencia against Newcastle in his first Premier League appearance since September.

United’s 2-0 victory over Newcastle was Valencia’s first Premier League appearance since September
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Meanwhile, United have been linked with a shock move for Barcelona flop Philippe Coutinho.

Following his £145million switch from Liverpool, the Brazil international has failed to live up to expectations and the Red Devils are reportedly interested in offering him an escape route.

This post written by Damian Burchardt originally appeared on Football news - transfers, fixtures, scores, pictures | The Sun. Read the full post here.

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