Report: Manchester City loanee key to Manchester United midfielder's potential exit

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Valencia are reportedly waiting on the departures of three players, including Manchester City loanee Bruno Zuculini, before making a decision on Manchester United's Darren Fletcher

According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher’s preferred choice of a move to Valencia could come down to the La Liga side finding new homes for Manchester City loanee Bruno Zuculini, Filipe Augusto and Javi Fuego.

Fletcher, who according to the same report is of interest to West Ham, Celtic and West Brom as well as Valencia, is said to mulling over his options and could make a decision within the next two weeks. However, if he does decide Valencia is where the next step in his career should be then it could come down to the exits of Zuculini, Augesto and Fuego.

The report states that Zuculini has been offered to Getafe on loan while Augusto is ready to return to Portugal and Fuego is seeking a better contract elsewhere.

While Fuego has played in 18 of Valencia’s 19 La Liga matches, the other two have been used sporadically by manager Nuno Espirito Santo and have only accumulated seven La Liga appearances between them, providing no goals or assists.

Zuculini, who played 30 minutes in Manchester City’s Charity Shield loss to Arsenal prior to the start of the season, is highly-rated at the Etihad but has struggled to impose himself in Spain and the lack of game time will be a worry for Manuel Pellegrini.

Nevertheless, if the 21-year-old Argentine does get the move to Getafe then he can hopefully start with a clean slate and prove that, with regular game time, he can cut it in Spain’s top-flight.

As for Fletcher, arguably the biggest component in his potential move to the La Liga side will rest with current first-choice defensive midfielder Fuego. If the 31-year-old decides to stick around at Valencia then it could restrict their budget to make such a transfer and also limit the role Fletcher could expect to fulfil at the club.

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