According to Turkish publication Fanatik, Manchester United could use Antonio Valencia as bait to land David de Gea’s potential replacement Fernando Muslera.
The report states that the former Wigan Athletic midfielder could be used as a makeweight for the Uruguayan shot-stopper as Galatasaray are keen on a player plus cash deal.
The Ecuadorian international has been a regular in the United team since his move from Wigan in 2009 and has more than 200 appearances to show for his six years of service.
Last season, playing largely as a right-back, Valencia appeared in 32 of United’s 38 Premier League matches, which included 14 starts from the club’s final 15 games.
Should United look to move Valencia on in order to land Muslera?
Although the loss of Valencia will hurt the Red Devils, the Galatasaray goalkeeper is definitely one worth pursuing.
The Ecuador international will be 30 in August and is unlikely to be seen by Louis van Gaal as a regular feature in his teams for years to come – whereas Muslera will.
If United can strike a deal with the Turkish club without allowing Valencia to leave then it would be an ideal situation. However, if Valencia is the potential dealbreaker in this transfer then it should be assessed.
A new right-back is a necessity for Van Gaal’s side this season, perhaps even two, so Valencia’s future at United is far from safe even if he doesn’t become a pawn in this deal after all.