Man United ready let £100,000-a-week key defender leave

West Ham United are preparing a move for Manchester United captain Antonio Valencia next summer.

The Sun reported that West Ham are considering making a move for the full-back when his contract expires in the summer.

The Hammers are willing to tie Pablo Zabaleta down to a new deal at London Stadium, but the same source reports that he is considering retiring in the summer.

The report adds that Jose Mourinho has not been overly impressed with Antonio Valencia – seemingly hinting that he will not be offered a new deal at Old Trafford – and the Irons weigh up a potential approach when his contract expires with Manuel Pellegrini said to be a massive fan of the defender.

The Sun claims that the veteran defender is attracting attention from Spain and Italy, which could make West Ham’s task slightly more challenging given that their rivals for his services can begin discussions over a move as early as the upcoming transfer window.

If Venezuela international – who earns £100,000-a-week, – can emulate the former Man City man if he joins West Ham, he would be a fantastic signing for the London club.

Pablo Zabaleta has turned into an inspired addition since arriving from the other side of Manchester.