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What does Sheffield United’s reported interest in Antonio Valencia mean for Baldock?

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What does Sheffield United’s reported interest in Antonio Valencia mean for Baldock?

Sheffield United have reportedly offered a contract to Antonio Valencia.

Sheffield United have offered a contract to former Manchester United captain Antonio Valencia, according to the Daily Mail.

The 33-year-old, who was on £85,000 every week at Old Trafford according to Spotrac, is a free agent now and the newly-promoted Blades are apparently keen to take him to Bramall Lane.

Clubs in America are also reportedly interested in the Ecuador international, who is currently preparing for the Copa America and has not made his decision yet.

And Valencia would be ideal for the right wing back role in Chris Wilder’s 3-5-2 system, the role taken up by George Baldock for much of last season’s promotion campaign.

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But 26-year-old Baldock’s contract situation is precarious with just one year remaining on his deal, according to the Sheffield Star.

 

They report that enticed Celtic to swoop for him to try and improve their right back options and although the Bhoys have not been able to snare him, his future remains up in the air.

And if Valencia did come in, he would be expecting to start, leaving Baldock potentially faced with the prospect of sitting on the bench for a club at which his contract has only 12 months left to run.

Would Baldock sign up to wait behind Valencia? Perhaps not, which means that the Premier League winner’s arrival could force him out of the door.

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