Manchester United are reportedly looking into a long-term replacement for Antonio Valencia, who has underperformed in recent outings on the road. The Ecuador international has been one of United’s standout players under the Jose Mourinho reign, but he has suffered from signs of fatigue this season, which have restricted his participation in the Cup competitions.
According to The Manchester Evening News, United could recruit a new right-sided defender in the summer with Matteo Darmian seemingly on his way out whilst Timothy Fosu-Mensah (on loan) is deemed as too big of a risk to starting regularly for the Red Devils.
As a result, Real Madrid’s Dani Carvajal and Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich are among the names that have propped up the radar, though they are deemed as unrealistic targets for the summer transfer window.
Meanwhile, it is suggested that Mourinho could prefer to recruit someone with Premier League experience, and Seamus Coleman’s has been brought forward, owing to his former links with United during Louis van Gaal’s time in-charge.
Valencia will turn 33 before the start of the 2018/19 season, and it will be interesting to see which player Mourinho recruit in the summer, given there is not anyone better than the vice-captain to occupy the right-back spot, for the moment.