Victor Valdes will not be completing a proposed transfer to Monaco after the knee injury he sustained at the back end of the domestic campaign proved to be more serious than initially thought. Valdes was due to move to the Ligue 1 side on a free from Barcelona, but will now be without a club from July 1. Cue renewed links to Liverpool, who had been credited with interest in the past.
It was announced some time ago that Valdes had decided to explore pastures new following the expiration of his Barcelona contract, with Monaco reported to have agreed a deal worth €60 million with the Catalan goalkeeper.
However, a cruciate ligament injury suffered in March resulted in a premature end to both his season and his distinguished Camp Nou career, which brought him six league titles and a trio of Champions League triumphs. And this knee damage sustained against Celta Vigo has now put paid to Valdes’ free transfer of choice.
Fitness permitting there will be other options for Valdes, of course, and reports claim Liverpool could be among those clubs interested in capturing the Spain international. SPORT suggest that Liverpool maintain an interest in Valdes as Brendan Rodgers seeks to add another reputable ‘keeper to his Anfield ranks.
But any deal for Valdes would appear unlikely, with Liverpool unable to provide Valdes with what he desires both professionally and financially. Rodgers is expected to be in the market for an understudy to current first-choice Simon Mignolet rather than a replacement or direct competition, and Valdes would surely fit the latter category.
Valdes established himself among the elite players in his position during 12 years in the Barcelona first-team, and will not be willing to join a club where a regular place is not a guarantee. The allure of joining a club of Liverpool’s global standing is undoubted, but Valdes still has plenty to offer aged only 32.
Then, of course, come his wage expectations which will be understandably high following his lucrative agreement with Monaco. Liverpool are already attempting to remove one esteemed and well paid Spanish goalie from their books in Pepe Reina, and will not be looking to recruit another.