Victor Valdes stunned Barcelona suggesting he will not sign a new contract at the Catalan side.
Valdes is keen on experiencing other football cultures, opening the possibility of a move to England, Italy or even Brazil.
Valdes might decide to stay at the end of the season but Barcelona need a new goalkeeper regardless. So, who can replace the La Masia graduate?
David De Gea | Manchester United
The Spanish player has been linked to Barcelona since he was spotted at youth level. However, they chose not to sign him from Atletico Madrid and might be regretting their decision.
De Gea was exceptional for Atletico Madrid, helping them secure the Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup double. The next summer, Manchester United paid around £18.3 million for his services.
He has found it hard to fill the boots of the legendary Edwin Van Der Sar, but has begun to show signs of maturing. However, a move back to Spain could prove positive for both parties.
Vicente Guaita | Valencia
The 25-year-old goalkeeper rose through the ranks at Valencia. He was loaned to Recreativo in the 2009-2010 season, where he won the best goalkeeper award in the second division.
He has been Valencia first choice since then but has been absent due to a period of personal bereavement and a bad injury picked up in November 2011. Regardless, Guaita will still be a perfect fit for Barcelona as he is very agile and very skilled at clearing through balls.
Manuel Neuer | Bayern Munich
Neuer has been considered as one of the top goalkeepers in the world over the last few years. The German and Bayern Munich first choice goalkeeper was shortlisted for the 2012 Ballon D’or.
Neuer moved to Bayern Munich in 2011, therefore he will be a tough player to get but only a club like Barcelona can lure him away from Germany.
However, it is highly unlike that Neuer will join Barcelona this summer because they may be unable to afford him.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen | Borrusia Monchengladbach
Madrid-based paper Marca reported that Barcelona has reached a pre-agreement with the German international. Although, Catalan newspaper Sport were quick to report this rumours as untrue.
Nevertheless, the 20-year-old keeper is one of the rising stars in European football. He was named the best goalkeeper of the Bundesliga last year and with a reputation of showing up in the big games, he might be exactly what Barcelona need in goal.
Joseph Fabrice Ondoa | Barcelona
The 17–year-old is currently a La Masia student. The youngster was spotted and signed through the Eto’o Foundation.
Ondoa is a penalty-stopper specialist and was called up to train with the first team by Pep Guardiola in March 2012.
The Cameroonian has a big future ahead of him, so if Barcelona were to hang on to Valdes for a few more years then he would be the perfect replacement for the Spanish international.
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