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Valencia's Arrival Seems Imminent

United are getting closer to sign long-term target Antonio Valencia from Wigan. Latics chairman Whelan revealed that United had made bids for the winger and he expects the club to make contact again.

'They have been in touch with us and we will be starting negotiations very shortly, I would imagine,' Whelan said.

'United have been in touch with us over Antonio for the last two or three months, expressing an interest and actually putting cash offers on the table.

'Those things have got to be picked up now. I think they were waiting to see if Ronaldo actually went to Real, which has happened. Things will develop over the next seven to 14 days.

'Sir Alex had him watched practically every, single match last year. He has got a very strong interest in him. We are just sat on the fence now.'

Which means that it looks almost certain that Sir Alex wants Valencia and reports suggest that the player himself would be more than happy to join United. Right now it looks like the only questions are 1) what will be the fee and 2) when will he sign - even though Whelan also insists that they are not desperate to sell one of their best players, only would not stand in his way in the event of a good enough offer.

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday June 12 2009

Time: 5:26PM

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I'm yet to be convinced by his talents, and £16M seems like A LOT of money for someone who doesn't seem to be that great? Sky Sports News showed some of his stats earlier and he didn't really stack up that well to CR7. The only thing I can think is that he made a similar number of crosses to CR7 in a team that has much less possesion, so in theory in our side he should make more chances and we should have the players to make more goals out of them. Also, one area where he did excel was his number of tackles - he made 111 last season and CR7 made 16. That suggests that he is willing to put in a defensive shift, freeing up our strikers to stay forward a bit more (especially Rooney).
Looking at the guardian chalkboards, Valencia is REALLY good at protecting his wing. He makes more SUCCESSFUL tackles than a lot of central midfielders and more importantly he does it really high up the pitch. Add to this, the fact that he has a good successfull pass ratio and a high number of passes for a team that doesn't enjoy great amounts of possession and it would seem that in persuing valencia, fergie is really looking for the perfect foil for Rafael. With valencia we should get a few more crosses in, but his main contribution will be allowing Rafael to attack more. If we do get him be prepared for opposition fans to laugh their asses off about how we spent £16m+ on a guy who never scores, but as long as we sign a striker to replace Ronnies goals, I reckon we'll have the last laugh in the form of a fourth consecutive title.
your second point about rafael was very good,tuscan.His signing would make us a lot more solid than we ever were plus it would give us the flair of rafael and valencia at the same time.
I just felt that if we could add a bit more englishness to our team it would be great.I stressed that we don't really have to sign many players(3 for me would do)valencia,a striker and I was just thinking about young.The guy has pace,can cross,can take free kicks,plus he is pretty young,so there is room for improvement and in our team he would develop further.He would be great signing if u ask me,ofcourse villa have to agree first but a good offer on the table and who knows.These 3 would do it for me.
The thing about the english players is that if they r a hit,u know they will stay if u match their ambitions and the relation with both the parties will be strong but by getting these south americans,portugese(especially the younger ones) u know in the back of your mind if they turn out to be a hit they will always be looking for a move and all the hard work u put in,in developing them goes a bit waste at times,the sad part is that most of them don't understand loyalty,what that person has done for u but I just have to chase my dream,thats the way they end up thinking and thats what they will do.
Valenica, Benezema, Young. Perfect, abmtd. and we'd still probably have a bit of cash left over cos we've got £100m plus £6m from selling Campbell. Yes yes yes abmtd - nobody ever talks about signing up Rooney cos they know he'd never leave and he never suggests anything like; Ronaldo was always dropping hints so he was always going to leave. Agree with pretty much everything you said.... :)
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I agree with you guys Valencia, Benzema and Young would be fantastic, but Benzemas love of spain makes me think we could only hold onto him for 3-4 years before his head was turned. I think Eto'o despite his percieved attitude would be a perfect partner for Rooney and would help welbeck develop nicely. I think we need another central midfielder, not because what we have isn't good, but because hargreaves might be out until january. Perhaps yaya toure or de rossi.
Here's an interesting thought, with ronaldo and (possibly) tevez gone, and the possibility of anyone of hargreaves, scholes, giggs and neville playing a diminished role (if not retiring altogether) do you guys see a possibility of fergie trying to blood in another golden generation? Last time it was the neville brothers, butt, scholes and becks joining a young giggs after a disappointing cup final defeat. Could we see the da silva brothers, possebon, anderson, Ljajic, welbeck and macheda stepping up to perform the same feats? I wouldn't be suprised if valencia was our only signing this summer!
tuscan 3000.... first comment, totally agree. I'm just hoping that Fergie has decided to sell Ronaldo so he can restore Rooney to his best position, and if Valencia puts in loads of crosses, it should be fun for Berbatov and Rooney to get on the end of...
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We need a winger, and then i think either to keep Tevez or sign Benzema, or we might slightly struggle on the goal front (particularly if Rooney got injured). Macheda i think is very nearly ready for the first team, and the da Silva's appear brilliant - fabio's supposed to be even better than Rafael. My ideal squad (well a bit bigger but how strong is this selection?) for next season: Foster, van der Sar, Rafael, Fabio, Vidic, Evra, Ferdinand, Brown, O'Shea, Neville, Evans, Hargreaves, Anderson, Carrick, Scholes, Giggs, Valencia, Young, Fletcher, Benzema/Tevez, Rooney, Berbatov, Macheda, Wellbeck. I like. My team would be Foster| Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra| Valencia, Carrick, Anderson/Fletcher, Young| Benzema/Tevez, Rooney. And we could then have an incredibly strong bench of van der Sar, Evans, O'Shea, Giggs, Scholes, Berbatov, Macheda. It's not all bad..... in fact with just 3 signings, it could be very, very good. I'm excited.
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I completely agree about the benzema point but I would prefer tevez,already settled and a fantastic,loyal and a hardworking player.Also he has a habit of scoring some crucial goals.So no problems from my side if he stays.
Eto or Benzema would be great acquisitions and it looks like Valencia is going to be a done deal. Would prefer Alexis Sanchez over Ashley Young and think this is more likely despite what the press is saying, I wouldn’t be surprised if Ribery signs either. The main thing is to get all the attacking players scoring again – although Ronaldo was a great player at times, he was utterly selfish and would hardly ever track back and work for the others.
dont expect him to replace ronaldo, cause he is different, BUT is extremely talented. i would love to have him here, his strenghts are his speed, crossing and shot power imo. he will track back too so thats a positive over ronaldo. if we bring in valencia and a out an out striker then it would be PERFECT
Looks like some "mysterious" club have entered the race for Valencia.

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