Manchester United have today made their first major capture of this summer's transfer window, signing Ecuador international Antonio Valencia from Wigan Athletic.
The 23-year-old has signed a four-year contract at Old Trafford for an undisclosed fee, though the Latics have confirmed that it is a club record.
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was delighted to have secured the player's signature, telling the club's official website, "Antonio is a player we have admired for some time now, having spent
the last two years in the Premier League with Wigan.
"I am sure his pace
and ability will make a significant contribution to the team."
The player himself echoed that delight, claiming that the prospect of plying his trade in front of United's massive crowds was a decisive factor in persuading him to move from the DW Stadium - as was the opportunity to play alongside some of the biggest names in world football.
"Joining Manchester United is a dream come true for me. I have enjoyed
my time at Wigan, but I am thrilled to have the chance to challenge for
the biggest honours in club football here," he said.
"Playing in front of
76,000 fans alongside players like Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand and Ryan
Giggs will be an amazing experience. I can’t wait to get started."
Zack Wilson, Goal.com
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