Victor Valdes could be registered as a Manchester United player in time for the club's Premier League showdown with rivals Arsenal on November 22, according to the Telegraph.
The report has revealed that the Spanish shot-stopper, who has been training with the Red Devils as he looks to get back to full fitness, could sign for Louis van Gaal's side, and make his debut at the Emirates if United ask the Premier League for their permission.
De Gea injury
It's been stated, however, that it's unlikely that Van Gaal will force through the deal in the coming days, despite the fact that No.1 'keeper David de Gea is now a huge doubt for the north London clash.
De Gea suffered a dislocated finger in training whilst on international duty for the Spanish national side, and it remains to be seen as to how long he will be kept out of action.
Valdes, on the other hand, may not be able to prove his fitness in time for next week's clash, meaning the club could yet wait before handing him an Old Trafford contract.
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The most likely scenario, then, is that Danish goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard will make his first appearance under the Van Gaal regime next Saturday evening.
With De Gea in such fine form, Lindegaard has struggled for opportunities at the club, so will be desperate to make an impression against the Gunners as the Red Devils go in search of climbing the Premier League table.