Ex-Man Utd full-back Antonio Valencia has given a ringing endorsement to a fellow countryman with the news that the club are closely monitoring his situation prior to an approach.
Valencia, 34, departed Old Trafford last summer to return to his native Ecuador with L.D.U. Quito.
Following his £16m arrival from Wigan Athletic in 2009, Valencia blossomed into becoming one of the club’s most consistent and capable performers over the next decade, lifting two Premier League titles along the way.
His tenure with the club gives his words gravitas, meaning his latest advocacy that Man Utd act on their interest in fellow Ecuadorian Pervis Estupiñán carries weight.
The club have reportedly ‘sent scouts to keep tabs‘ on the player, who much to the surprise of many, is actually on the books of fellow Premier League side Watford.
The Hornets signed Estupiñán from Valencia’s current club in 2016, though he has spent the last four seasons out on loan to various clubs in La Liga.
Finally finding his feet at Osasuna, his impressive displays have led to Valencia endorsing a potential approach from Man Utd when asked about the interest on social media.
‘From here, I send all the positive energies to Estupinan. Hopefully, it will happen,‘ said the former Red Devils full-back.
Estupinan was understandably quick off the mark to respond to Valencia’s comments, saying: ‘I’m proud to receive the blessings of a reference like you.’
Utd are currently blessed with solid options in his favoured left-back position, with Luke Shaw experiencing a revival under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Brandon Williams emerging as a future superstar.
At 22-years-of-age, however, Estupinan fits the profile of what Utd chiefs are currently looking for in the transfer market, namely players who the club can develop and will spend the prime years of their careers at Old Trafford.