Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Saturday June 13 2009
Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan says he wont stand in Antonio Valencia`s way if he wants to join Manchester United but he also says that the correct fee must be agreed between the two clubs before any deal can go ahead.
In an interview with Sky Sports Whelan confirmed that there has been dialogue between the Latics and United for the past few months on the possibility of Ecuador`s finest making the short trip down the East Lancashire Road, indeed it has been reported here on Vital on numerous occasions.
It now appears that United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was waiting for the conclusion of the Ronaldo hokey-cokey dance between Old Trafford and Real Madrid before he made his move definite for Valencia.
Now that Real have supplied United with a big fat wedge of dosh for the biggest ever prima donna to play in English football it looks like the negotiations will start in earnest for a real football player who gives his all for the team for the full 90 minutes in every game he plays.
Dave Whelan told Sky Sports News: 'They have been in touch with us and we will be starting negotiations very shortly, I would imagine'
'If Antonio says he wants to go to Manchester United and we get the right fee, the deal will be done.'
'United have been in touch with us over Antonio for the last two or three months, expressing an interest and actually putting cash offers on the table'
'Those things have got to be picked up now. I think they were waiting to see if Ronaldo actually went to Real.
'Things will develop over the next seven to 14 days. United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will make his move when he is ready. He is a shrewd operator and the finest manager the world has ever seen.'
Whelan says he`s is not desperate for the cash and has no need to sell Valencia and would love to keep him at the Latics, but he has also said on a number of occasions that he wouldn`t stand in players ways if 'big` clubs came in for them, he continued:
'If I can keep the lad, I'm going to keep him. He is one brilliant player.
'So there is no pressure on me, or our football club, to sell him. If Manchester United don't want to make a written offer, I'll be delighted and we will have him in our team next season.'
It is rumoured that there`s been a £17.5 million bid tabled with the Latics for Valencia`s services, also there are add-ons that could see the deal rise to well above the £20 million mark.
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Date:Saturday June 13 2009
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