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Barcelona step up search for Victor Valdes replacement

Valdes could leave Barcelona in the summer. (©GettyImages)
Valdes could leave Barcelona in the summer. (©GettyImages).

Earlier in January, Victor Valdes confirmed through his agent that he will not renew his current contract at the Camp Nou. With the deal set to expire in 2014, Valdes has since been on the radar of several teams. Russian-owned French side Monaco is likely to be his next destination.

Among the names linked for the goalkeeping job at the Camp Nou is Pepe Reina. However, the Liverpool shot stopper has been quick to react to speculation linking him with a move back to Spain. 

On Wednesday, the Spaniard launched his new website and had a moment with the press to state the following: “Barcelona is a great club and it is difficult to say no to a club like Barcelona. But we are talking about assumptions and I should not do it.”

Attempting to put rumours to bed after praising the Catalan club, Reina continued: “I have no evidence about Barcelona's interest in me. I don't know if the club has spoken with my agent. If he doesn't say something it is because there isn't any serious offer on the table.

“I have a contract with Liverpool and I'm very happy in England. At present, I just have one option: stay at Liverpool. Everything else is just talk. There has been no direct contact.”

Meanwhile, Goal.com revealed on Wednesday night that Turkish giants Galatasaray have rejected a €17M offer from Barcelona for goalkeeper Fernando Muslera. The Uruguayan’s CV is impressive. His cabinet includes medals from the 2009 Coppa Italia and the 2011 Copa America tournaments. 

According to Goal.com, 2012/13 UEFA Champions League quarter-finalists Galatasaray would consider a slightly higher bid from the Barcelona. 

Barcelona’s search for a new goalkeeper has attracted many and Malaga’s Willy Caballero is the latest to voice his opinion. 

Spanish-based radio Esports Cope quoted the Argentine goalie as saying: “If Barcelona called me, I would not hesitate. I would not let the phone ring twice. 

“Who would not like to play with these great players? Only a stupid person would say no to Barcelona.”

Caballero will be between the posts for Malaga this Saturday as Barcelona aim to clinch victory and equal Real Madrid’s 100-point La Liga record.

 

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