Man Utd has finally completed the anticipated signing of Antonio Valencia from Wigan Athletic on a four-year contract for a fee reported to be in the region of £16m.
“Joining Manchester United is a dream come true for me,” Valencia told the club 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.”
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson admitted he had tracked Valencia’s progress since his arrival at Wigan two seasons ago.
“Antonio is a player we have admired for some time now, having spent the last two years in the Premier League with Wigan,” he said.
“I am sure his pace and ability will make a significant contribution to the team.”