Italian giants Juventus are planning a January swoop for Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia, according to The Express.
The report has suggested that the winger, who has played a key role under Louis van Gaal so far this term, could be available for a cut-price fee in the winter market.
The reported interest from Juventus may come as a surprise for fans of Manchester United, as Valencia only signed a new deal with the Red Devils at the start of Van Gaal's reign in June.
And, in the early period, Valencia has been a permanent member of the side after missing the opening game through injury. However, it now appears that the Ecuadorian could be moved down the pecking order at the Theatre of Dreams after the club spent as much as £150 million on new additions this past summer.
It remains to be seen, however, as to whether Manchester United enter negotiations with the Serie A side when the transfer window re-opens.
Valencia, then, may have a major battle on his hands to keep his first-team spot at Old Trafford, following the arrivals of the likes of Angel di Maria and Co. If Van Gaal continues with his 3-5-2 formation, the winger may have to continue in the right-wing back role, but could lose his place to Brazilian ace Rafael da Silva when he returns from injury.
United youngster Adnan Januazaj will also be hoping for more opportunities under the new regime, whilst Ashley Young can also play on both the right and left hand side.
Manchester United fans will now be hoping the likes of Valencia and Co. step their game up in the coming weeks. The Red Devils have endured a nightmare start to the season, having failed to claim a victory in the Premier League so far, and will be looking to make amends after the international break.
Van Gaal's side play host to QPR on September 14, in a game that could see a number of new signings make their debuts for the club. Marcos Rojo, Radamel Falcao, Luke Shaw and Daley Blind could all be in line to feature at the Theatre of Dreams.
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