Antonio Valencia may leave Manchester United at the end of this season, according to the Mirror.
The Ecuadorian is the club’s present captain and one of the many players whose contracts will expire at the end of this season. As of such, he is free to negotiate with foreign clubs this month itself.
The report claims that Inter Milan is the outfit that is most eager to purchase the full-back. United do have the option of activating the 12-month extension clause in his contract, akin to how they’ve already extended the stays of David De Gea and Anthony Martial.
However, given that Valencia is swiftly approaching the age of 34, it is easy to understand why the club may be hesitant to keep him in their roster for another season.
Functioning initially as a winger, Valencia was amongst the less fortunate holders of the no.7 jersey at Old Trafford, and eventually transitioned into right-back, a role that he has fulfilled quite brilliantly as of recent.
His role as club captain was stripped away from him late into the tenure of Jose Mourinho due to a criticism controversy. However, under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the position has been reinstated to him.
His experience at the top level, coupled with the pace and versatility he brings to the pitch, makes it clear as to why Inter may be interested in making the purchase as a free agent.
The report also states that United won’t sell him this month, as they do not wish to jeopardize Solskjaer’s limited options at the club. This could also be an indication that the club doesn’t want to spend needlessly.
Further, they may have already secured the right-back spot for many years to come, with this season’s fresh signing Diogo Dalot still only 19 years of age and already showing all the brilliance of a traditional Old Trafford full-back.