Wigan's Antonio Valencia to choose between Manchester United and Real Madrid
25 June 2009 09:00
Valencia has been strongly linked with both Manchester United and Real Madrid.
Both clubs have made £18m bids and both have been accepted.
However, United are the favourites to land the Ecuador international as Real are already on the verge of splashing out £80m on Cristiano Ronaldo, ironically from United.
Valencia would not be guaranteed a regular starting role with Madrid, whereas Sir Alex Ferguson is known to be a keen admirer of the 23-year-old, who could become Ronaldo's heir-apparent at Old Trafford.
Valencia is currently on holiday, but Wigan chairman Dave Whelan believes the player will make a decision as soon as he returns.
Whelan said: "We are just waiting for him to come back from holiday. We have had offers that are acceptable to Wigan Athletic, around the £14-£18m mark, but what we will finish up with I don't know.
"It's no use me saying he is going to Manchester United because he is the boss and we'll be listening to what he says.
"We can't tell him where he wants to go. If he wants to go, we've always promised him he can go. But if he wants to stay then he will stay.
"There are offers on the table but football doesn't operate like that. Whatever anybody says or what they tell you on the telephone, I like to see it in black and white.
"One club could offer £2m more than the other but if Antonio says he doesn't want to go there, then there is no point.
"I think he (Valencia) is an outstanding player and he would fit in at either Manchester United or Real Madrid.
"I don't think there is any doubt he will end up at one of those clubs, it's just a case of which one he wants to end up at. It's not for us to decide."