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Rafael's agent confirms Manchester United defender wants Fiorentina switch

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Manchester United defender Rafael da Silva would be open to a move to Italian club Fiorentina, according to his agent.

The Brazilian full-back made just six Premier League starts for the Red Devils last term and has been left out of the club's pre-season tour to north America.

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal preferred to use Antonio Valencia in a full-back role over Rafael last season and the arrival of Matteo Darmian from Torino means he is now on the lookout for another club.

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Rafael, who didn't start a game for Manchester United from October onwards, was reportedly close to agreeing a move to Turkey, however that seems on hold for now. It was previously said that he would join Galatasaray, following former team-mates Nani and Robin van Persie in the Süper Lig.

However Cassiano Pereira, who represents the 25-year-old, says his client would be open to moving to Serie A, with Roma high up his list.

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When asked if Fiorentina would be a club that interested Rafael, he replied: "Definitely. As I said before, we are in contact with several clubs, but I can't reveal them.

"If Fiorentina call us, we'll be very happy to talk. The player is very interested in playing in Italy."

Departure

Pereira also revealed that Van Gaal "said he isn't counting on him" and so he is actively trying to find his client a new club.

Spanish goalkeeper Victor Valdes was also left off out of Manchester United's squad for the tour of north America, prompting speculation about his future at Old Trafford. The former Barcelona man joined the Red Devils in January on an 18-month contract but played just 108 minutes in the Premier League last season.

With David de Gea expected to leave Valdes appeared to be in with a chance of claiming a starting spot next season, but he now seems close to an exit.

Opinion

Rafael's exit has been on the cards for some time and is a surprise to no one, however the treatment of Valdes is confusing. He completed his rehabilitation at Manchester United because of his close relationship with Van Gaal and earned a contract in January - and regardless of De Gea it seemed as though he would get a shot next season.

To leave him out of the tour means he's almost certain to leave but it's not clear what it means for De Gea. Is it that the Spaniard will be forced to stay for the last year of his contract and Valdes doesn't want to be a back-up again? Or is it that he has fallen out with Van Gaal who now wants to move him on?

Only time will tell.

What do you think has happened with Victor Valdes - does he deserve a shot at being number one?

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