x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

United capture Valencia from Wigan

Manchester United make their first signing of the summer after confirming a deal has been done for Antonio Valencia.

Antonio Valencia, left, celebrates with Ecuador teammate Pablo Palacios during their World Cup qualifying victory against Argentina. The winger has been signed by Manchester United from Wigan Athletic.
Antonio Valencia, left, celebrates with Ecuador teammate Pablo Palacios during their World Cup qualifying victory against Argentina. The winger has been signed by Manchester United from Wigan Athletic.

Manchester United have made their first signing of the summer after confirming a deal has been done for Antonio Valencia. The Ecuador international, 23, has signed a four-year contract after moving for an undisclosed fee. Valencia, who joins from Wigan where he scored three goals last season, is expected to help fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo following the star winger's £80 million (Dh491m) move to Real Madrid. Valencia's signature is reported to have cost United in the region of £16m with the winger describing the move as a "dream". "Joining Manchester United is a dream come true for me," he told the club's official website. "I have enjoyed my time at Wigan, but I am thrilled to have the chance to challenge for the biggest honours in club football here. "Playing in front of 76,000 fans alongside players like Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand and Ryan Giggs will be an amazing experience. I can't wait to get started." United manager Sir Alex Ferguson admitted he had tracked Valencia's progress since his arrival at Wigan two seasons ago. "Antonio is a player we have admired for some time now, having spent the last two years in the Premier League with Wigan," he said. "I am sure his pace and ability will make a significant contribution to the team." *PA Sport