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Barcelona line up Guillermo Ochoa as Valdes replacement

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Barcelona might just have found their man to replace departing goalkeeper Victor Valdes, as reported by the Marca, step forward Mexico's Guillermo Ochoa.

The Mexican keeper was in spectacular form against Brazil in their goalless draw on Tuesday night, keeping out the hosts time and again in a performance that has not gone unnoticed by a host of clubs, however most importantly Barcelona.

Barcelona contact

According to his agent, Jorge Berlanga, club officials for the Catalan giants have got in touch and asked about the players availability following his departure from Ajaccio.

"I'm in contact with Barcelona, they called me asking about the player," Berlanga confirmed.

Bacelona have already bought in Ter Stegen in the knowledge that Victor Valdes will be leaving after 14-years at the club and rumour has it the Catalan giants are close to signing 31-year old Claudio Bravo from Real Sociedad, although nothing has been confirmed.

- Barcelona will have competition
- Brilliant performance against Brazil
- Ochoa on form in Brazil

Another clean sheet against the free scoring Croatian's in their last group match will certainly grab the attention of a host of other top European clubs, that is if this isn't the case already, and if Barcelona want to land their man they will need to move quick.

Ochoa might want to sit tight on a decision for now as he wouldn't want to warm the bench at the Camp Nou. A keeper of his quality should be starting every game for a top club.

Banned

It is hard to believe he isn't already playing for a top European club, however a meal of contaminated meat is what appears to been the unfortunate obstacle in his career to date.

In 2011 he was one of five Mexican players to have tested positive for a banned substance, clenbuterol, which was later found to have come unknowingly from a contaminated piece of meat.

At the time Ochoa was on the verge of signing for PSG, however it took over two months to clear his name by which time the deal with the Paris club had fallen through, forcing him into a move with League 1 strugglers, Ajaccio, where he has spent the last three years, until they got relegated last season.

Signing with a little known French club led to him falling out of favour with the Mexican national team and being on the back end of a host of criticism from Mexican fans.

Ochoa might be without a club, however his career appears to back on track, and I expect the charismatic keeper will be fulfilling his dream of playing for a top european club by the start of next season.

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