Whelan - Valencia a steal
Dave Whelan believes Man Utd will be getting an 'absolute steal' if they sign Antonio Valencia.
Last Updated: 21/06/09 10:23am
Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan believes Manchester United will be getting an 'absolute steal' if they sign Antonio Valencia.
United are hoping to land Ecuador international Valencia following the decision to accept a world record £80million offer from Real Madrid for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Whelan plans to meet with United and Real, who are also keen on Valencia, in the coming days, while an unnamed third club have also shown an interest.
Reports claim United are favourites to nab Valencia, although the reported £18million asking price is rumoured to be proving a sticking point.
However, Whelan is confident that, for the sums being discussed, the Premier League champions will be securing a bargain if they conclude a deal for Valencia.
"I think Antonio is the best wide right player anywhere and that includes Franck Ribery," Whelan told The People. "If this lad goes to Man United he will be a sensation there.
"Within a few months and over the course of a season the United supporters would come to worship this lad.
"We see him week-in, week-out in games and in training and he's a world-class player.
"He doesn't play the same way as Ronaldo. There is no show or flash, but he's a world-class player and he'll take some replacing. No-one tackles him or takes the ball off him because they can't get near him.
"At the kind of money that's been talked about for Antonio he'd be an absolute steal. United appear to be getting £80m for Ronaldo and they would be paying out a fraction of that for Valencia, so it would be great business because this boy has got immense ability."