Barcelona star has told Arsenal he wants to be a Gunner
Arsenal, Barcelona transfer news: Victor Valdes has told Arsene Wenger he wants Gunners transfer
Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes wants to join Arsenal and could be set for a transfer this summer.
According to the Daily Star, the Camp Nou ‘keeper has already told Gunners boss Arsene Wenger that he wants to move to north London.
Arsenal are looking for some experienced competition for Wojciech Szczesny, according to the report, and the 31-year-old is keen on being that man.
Valdes told Barcelona earlier this season that he would not be signing an extension to his contract, which expires in the summer of 2014.
The report claims Wenger is mulling over an £8.5million bid for the Spain international as he looks for a more experienced campaigner.
Szczesny was the unquestioned number one at Emirates Stadium up until this week when he was dropped for the Champions League last 16 second leg with Bayern Munich.
Lukasz Fabianski came in for that game at the Allianz Arena and was solid in Arsenal’s 2-0 win, although they ultimately went out on away goals.
Fabianski kept his place for the trip to Swansea City on Saturday to make his first Premier League appearance in two years – another 2-0 win for the Wenger’s side.
However, the report claims Wenger doesn’t see either of them as trustworthy enough to hold the number one jersey at Arsenal.
Should Valdes decide to join Arsenal, he would join compatriots and Spain teammates Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal.