Free agent Victor Valdes has passed a medical examination with Manchester United after arriving at the club to complete his final period of recovery training.
The former Barcelona goalkeeper, according to Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo, passed the medical on Thursday and now hopes to secure a contract with the Red Devils. Valdes is reportedly happy in his Manchester hotel for the time being and has not set a deadline for Manchester United to make a decision.
It’s understood that United, though, are interested in securing the services of Valdes, who would replace Anders Lindegaard as the club’s back-up goalkeeper. The Red Devils are prepared to sell the Denmark international, who joined the club in 2010, when the transfer window re-open in January.
United’s goalkeeper coach, Frans Hoek, has played an instrumental role in convincing Van Gaal to take a closer look at Valdes who, in the eyes of some, is one of the most underrated keepers of his generation.
The 32-year-old won every major trophy during his 12 immensely successful campaigns with Barcelona before deciding last season not to renew his contract.
A transfer to AS Monaco was expected to go through in time for the start of the 2014-15 campaign, but the move collapsed after the Spain international tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in March. He subsequently underwent an operation, which was successful, but has since been left without a club.
Barcelona were keen to extend Valdes’ deal last season, but the technically-gifted goalkeeper had made his decision to leave and stuck by it. The Catalan giants subsequently went and bought two potential replacements in the form of Claudio Bravo and Marc-Andre ter Stegen, while Jordi Masip was promoted from the ‘B’ team.
Liverpool were reportedly at the front of the queue to sign Valdes, with manager Brendan Rodgers not entirely convinced by the Reds’ current first-choice goalkeeper, Simon Mignolet. Arsenal were linked over the summer months, too.
But United have shocked their Premier League rivals by making a formal move for the goalkeeper, who would compete with his compatriot, David de Gea, for the number one jersey at Old Trafford should he secure a permanent deal.
Whether this would have a bearing on De Gea’s decision to renew his Manchester United contract remains to be seen. The Spaniard’s current deal expires in the summer of 2016.