Gunners ‘interested’ in signing Antonio Valencia

Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Antonio Valencia on a free transfer this summer.

Valencia is set to leave Manchester United after they decided not to trigger an extension clause in his contract.

The 33-year-old has won six trophies at Old Trafford in the decade he has spent at the club since joining from Wigan Athletic.

He was made the club’s captain at the start of the season but has made just five Premier League appearances and looks set to be surplus to requirements.

A number of clubs are understood to be interested in signing him for nothing in the summer, according to his father and agent.

Luis Valencia told El Universal: “He definitely will not continue in Manchester.

“He wants a change in the air and the club is not going to renew him either. Like everything in life, everything comes to an end.

“Arsenal, West Ham, Inter Milan and one club 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.”

Arsenal’s first choice right-back Hector Bellerin is out for the remainder of this season and is hoped to be back for the start of the next.

Stephan Lichtsteiner is out of contract in the summer and it is thought the club will not offer him a new deal.

Source: Daily Post

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