Manchester United have agreed a two-year deal with
former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes and are
set to announce the 32-year-old has arrived as an
understudy to David De Gea.
The Champions League winning goalkeeper has been
training with Louis Van Gaal’s squad for the last two
months as a free agent, as he looked to make a
recovery from a serious knee injury.
Valdes was linked to the Premier League last summer
when his contract at Catalan giants Barcelona expired
but the injury scuppered those chances, as well as
ruining his proposed move to Monaco.
Van Gaal has had little to say about Valdes during his
two-month spell at the club but has been impressed
enough by the veteran to offer a contract.
The arrival of the World Cup winning goalkeeper will
give De Gea decent competition for the first-team
jersey for the first time, as Anders Lindegaard is
considered surplus to requirements.
Whilst the arrival of Valdes could aid De Gea’s
development, it will also undoubtedly lead to
speculation about the Spaniard’s future at Old
United have not managed to get the 24-year-old to
sign a new contract, whilst Real Madrid are lurking in
the shadows ready to make a move.
Goalkeepers are set to depart United in January as the
club look to let Lindegaard return to Scandinavia,
whilst they will not stand in the way of Ben Amos
should an offer be received.
The former England U21 star will be allowed to leave if
he receives an offer, whilst Lindegaard has been
linked with Molde.
Lindegaard has not featured for United this season
and the club have high hopes 19-year-old Joel Perreira
will be a suitable third-choice stopper.