Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Manchester United first signing is Wigan Athletic's winger Antonio Valencia. He has penned a four-year deal for a fee reported to be close to £16 million.
The 23-year-old Ecuador international has been tracked by United manager Sir Alex Ferguson for a while.
Ferguson was evidently delighted with the transfer. He said, "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."
Antonio Valencia had mirrored the joy felt by Ferguson. "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.
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," he said.
Watch Antonio Valencia in this video