Manchester United defender Antonio Valencia will leave the club this summer, and West Ham are among the potential suitors, his father has revealed.
The 33-year-old’s contract at Old Trafford expires at the end of the season, meaning that he can join other clubs on a free transfer.
Valencia has not featured regularly for United this term, with summer signing Diogo Dalot and the experienced Ashley Young favoured as right-back options under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jose Mourinho before his dismissal.
This means that the Ecuadorian is headed for an exit, and according to Luis Valencia, his father, interest is gathering.
Arsenal, West Ham, Inter Milan and one from China are options, but in football, everything is changing.
He wants to choose the best option, but above all, he wants to sign a contract for two years. Not for the money, but for peace and hopefully, he told me, be hired by a team that fights for important things.
Valencia could be tempted to seek pastures new abroad, but propositions from the Premier League with Arsenal or West Ham could also prove tempting.
Why West Ham should avoid signing Valencia
Signing Valencia would be somewhat confusing. West Ham aren’t short of experience within their squad, and adding another ageing player to the ranks doesn’t seem wise.
No need for a new right-back
Pablo Zabaleta and Ryan Fredericks are sufficient options at right-back. Another isn’t particularly necessary.
Following around 10 years at Old Trafford, Valencia is likely to demand a sizable wage at his next club. West Ham could spend this better elsewhere.
Commitment of a two-year deal
Valencia is seeking a two-year contract, and this would be a risky commitment from West Ham. He’s still a solid player, but there would be no resale value, and the defender has been declining over the past 18 months.