Date: 30th June 2009 at 7:24pm
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Antonio Valencia is Manchester United’s first summer signing: the winger has signed a four-year contract at Old Trafford after United agreed an undisclosed fee – thought to be around Ł16million – with Wigan Athletic.

“Joining Manchester United is a dream come true for me,’ he told the official website.

‘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.”


Sir Alex Ferguson: “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.”

So be it. Welcome to Manchester United, Antonio!