Premier League sides Newcastle United and Fulham are interested in signing Manchester United veteran Antonio Valencia, according to a report published by The Daily Mail. 

The 33-year-old’s current contract at Old Trafford is set to expire in the summer and he has fallen down the pecking order at the club.

Valencia is unlikely to get an extended contract at United, opening the opportunity for Newcastle and Fulham.

The South American full-back has only managed five Premier League appearances thus far this season and could leave the club on a cut-price fee this month if a good opportunity arises.

Newcastle are short of money to spend due to the reluctance of owner Mike Ashley to splash the cash – as such, a cut-price deal would suit the St James’ Park outfit.

Fulham are in a battle to stay in the Premier League and as such Valencia’s experience and ability would be a welcome addition at Craven Cottage.

United will be keen to offload Valencia in order to get him off their wage bill.

The 33-year-old joined the club during the summer of 2009 from Wigan Athletic and went on to establish himself as a fan favourite.

Valencia has so far made 338 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring 25 goals and has also won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup, two League Cups and one Europa League.

Valencia also boasts 93 appearances and 11 goals for the Ecuador national team. He was a participant for his country during the World Cups in 2006 and 2014 as well as during the Copa America tournaments in 2007, 2011 and 2016.

The veteran could still have a lot to offer the likes of Newcastle and Fulham, whom both face a battle to avoid relegation this season.

Whether a deal goes ahead could ultimately come down to whether United will be willing to pay out the remainder of the player’s contract.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here