Antonia Valencia’s father has named Arsenal as a possible destination for the Manchester United right-back this summer, as the player will ‘definitely not’ continue with his current club.
Antonio Valencia has had a tough season with Manchester United, only managing to make eight appearances so far. He’s clearly well-respected at the club, captaining the side on each of those eight occasions, but one appearance in 2019 so far suggests he’s never going to make it back into the starting lineup.
As a result, the player’s father has told South American outlet El Universal that summer will bring change for the 33-year-old.
“He definitely will not continue in Manchester,” Luis Valencia confirmed (via Sport Witness). “He wants to change the air and the club is not going to renew him either. Like everything in life, everything has its end.”
Antonio’s father then responded to a question about what his son’s options are, saying: “Arsenal, West Ham, Inter Milan and one from China are options, but in football, everything is changing.
“He wants to choose the best option, but above all, he wants to sign a contract for two years. Not for the money, but for peace and hopefully, he told me, be hired by a team that fights for important things.”
Without meaning to sound too harsh, if Arsenal wanted an ageing right-back who won a lot of trophies earlier in his career but is currently out of form then they could just extend Stephan Lichtsteiner’s contract.
The Gunners already have Hector Bellerin as their first-choice in the position, when he returns from injury, and Ainsley Maitland-Niles is really growing into the role in Bellerin’s absence. Valencia really wouldn’t make a significant addition to the squad, and his destination seems much more likely to be China or West Ham.
Throwing Arsenal’s name into the mix will surely drive wages up a bit though, so you can understand why Luis Valencia has done so.