Chelsea are reportedly ready to offer Victor Valdes an escape from Manchester United – if he can reach an agreement to leave Old Trafford.
The Spanish goalkeeper has been cast aside by Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal after reportedly refusing to play for the club’s Under-21 side. The former Barcelona goalkeeper was on the brink of a summer move to Besiktas, but the transfer broke down late in the window and Valdes was forced to stay at Old Trafford.
His first-team prospects looked bleak to say the least after Van Gaal had indicated that Valdes would not play for him again and for ‘not buying into his philosophy’. And those prospects have taken another nosedive following the recent David de Gea saga, with the two-time United Player of the Year since signing a new four-year deal at the club following the collapse of his move to Real Madrid.
However, reports from Italian publication CalcioMercato suggest Valdes is being viewed as a potential solution to Chelsea’s current goalkeeping struggles.
Jose Mourinho is understood to be on the look out for an extra stopper after regular No 1 Thibaut Courtois was ruled out for three months after suffering a knee injury in training.
Asmir Beogovic, signed from Stoke to replace Petr Cech, is the first-choice pick at Chelsea during Courtois’ absence, but Mourinho has just 21-year-old Jamal Blackman in reserve.
For Valdes to make the move before the transfer window opens again in January, Manchester United would need to cancel the final year of his contract at Old Trafford. Reaching such an agreement could be complicated, with potential compensation needing to be paid to Valdes.
What do you think? Can you see Chelsea really making a post-transfer window move for Valdes? Would Manchester United really discuss the cancellation of his deal if it means helping out a top-four fival?