Manchester United are set to announce the signing of former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes in January.
The Express cite reports on the continent as claiming that United will offer the Spaniard a contract once fully fit. The 32-year-old has been training with the Red Devils in recent weeks as he completes his recovery from a lengthy injury lay-off.
It was reported last week that Valdes would not be signed by Manchester United after he was spotted returning to Barcelona; however, it transpired that the experienced keeper was simply visiting friends and family, and has since returned to train with Louis van Gaal's side.
Deal in the works for weeks
This latest report reveals that, as presumed, a deal has been in the works very a number of weeks now. Manchester United had been prepared to use him in last month's 2-1 victory over Arsenal, but first-choice goalkeeper David de Gea won his battle for fitness ahead of the crunch clash at the Emirates Stadium.
It's understood, though, that Valdes would have been ineligible to play in that fixture because he did not register in time with the Premier League.
David de Gea
News that Valdes is set to sign for the Red Devils may concern some Manchester United supporters, who are acutely aware that De Gea has yet to put pen to paper on a contract extension.
The Spain international has been magnificent this season, but his current deal expires in the summer of 2016. Signing Valdes could be an attempt by Manchester United to cover their backs in case De Gea is tempted back to Spain by Real Madrid, who want the 24-year-old to eventually replace Iker Casillas.
But De Gea's departure would be a catastrophic blow for the Red Devils. Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville wrote in his latest Telegraph column that the Spaniard is currently the most important player at Old Trafford, while midfielder Ander Herrera is firmly of the opinion that De Gea can become the best goalkeeper in world football.
Certainly, there have been few better keepers in world football this season. Few would argue that the former Atletico Madrid star now sits just behind Thibaut Courtois and Manuel Neuer as the best player in his position on the planet.