Manchester United have rejected the opportunity to sign Spanish goalkeeper Victor Valdes on a free transfer, even though the former Barcelona star passed a medical examination with the Red Devils last month.
This is according to Catalunya Radio - and brought to our attention by Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo - who claim that Valdes has returned to Barcelona having spent a few days training with the Premier League giants.
Speculation was rife that Manchester United wanted to sign Valdes as back-up for David de Gea, but it seems United boss Louis van Gaal is content to keep Anders Lindegaard as his second-choice goalkeeper for the time being.
De Gea contract
Van Gaal may have rejected the opportunity to sign Valdes in order to avoid upsetting De Gea, who has arguably been the best goalkeeper in the Premier League so far this season.
The 24-year-old’s contract expires in the summer of 2016 and United are desperate for the former Atletico Madrid star to commit his long-term future to Old Trafford, amid speculation that European champions Real Madrid are keen to bring him to the Bernabeu.
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What next for Valdes?
Valdes, meanwhile, is still in the process of finalising his recovery from a long-term knee injury. The 32-year-old underwent surgery in March before leaving Barcelona in the summer after 12 years at the Camp Nou.
The Spaniard was seeking a new challenge after winning every major honour with the Catalan giants, and was poised to join Ligue 1 outfit AS Monaco until the aforementioned knee injury scuppered his plans.
Several top clubs were reportedly keen to sign Valdes, and news that the goalkeeper is no longer training with Manchester United may encourage them to make another move to sign him.
Amongst the interested clubs were Liverpool, whose first-choice keeper Simon Mignolet has endured a dreadful season so far.
Brendan Rodgers insists he will stick by the Belgium international, but everything could change if Valdes decides he wants to secure a surprise move to Anfield.