London, June 8 (ANI): Manchester United is all set to strike a 17 million pounds deal for Wigan winger Luis Antonio Valencia.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is confident that the Ecuador star will become part of his team instead of joining rivals Real Madrid, because the player is keen to play for United.
United have been discussing player exchanges, but this is now unlikely because Steve Bruce has left and Roberto Martinez is set to take over as boss. Wigan may now prefer straight cash.
Last month, Real had sent a delegation to Wigan, and were willing to pay around 18 million pounds, the Mirror reported.
However, Valencia is only second-choice at Real behind United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, and he is more interested in staying in the Premier League.
Valencia is on World Cup duty with his country, but can return to England at the end of the week. He hopes to have a medical at United as soon as possible.
His inclusion in United is not being seen as an exit for Ronaldo.
Valencia is more of a potential replacement for the disappointing Nani, but he could also become a right- wing regular– with Ferguson planning to mix and match next season.
Ronaldo could play a central role more often, while Valencia can also be used in midfield. (ANI)