Manchester United can sign Victor Valdes on a free transfer soon after the problems holding up his move are close to being resolved and this resolution will see the Old Trafford club only have to pay a portion of his £150,000-a-week wages, according to the Daily Express.
Ligue 1 side AS Monaco were set to sign the Spain international once his contract expired with Barcelona at the end of last season and had a pre-contract agreement to sign with him - until he ruptured a cruciate ligament in his knee late in the season.
Not long after recovering from surgery, Valdes was invited by Louis van Gaal to train with Manchester United to regain fitness and reports soon emerged claiming that a deal to sign the 32-year-old was in the offing, such was the impression Valdes had made in training.
It was Van Gaal who gave the 'keeper his Barcelona debut in 2002, when the Dutchman was in charge at Camp Nou for the second time of asking and the then 20-year-old never looked back, becoming undisputed number one at the Catalan club.
After nearly 12 years as first choice at the Catalan club, the lure of big money being splashed out by ambitious AS Monaco under billionaire owner Dmitry Rybolovlev came calling with his contract, and form, dwindling.
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However, earlier this year saw one of the biggest divorce settlements in history and the Russian made to pay his ex-wife a staggering £2.7billion - more than half his estimated fortune at the time. Rybolovlev's investment in the Ligue 1 side has since been scaled back significantly and Valdes' injury prompted them to cancel the agreement they had.
The report in the Express claims that Valdes and his representatives were positive that just cancelling the contract was not possible under the agreement, believing he was still entitled to the £150,000 per week wages he was in line to receive in the principality.
This disagreement is claimed to be the reason behind holding him up signing for free with Manchester United, but will soon now be resolved. One aspect of the resolution will see Monaco agree to pay a chunk of Valdes' wages because the Old Trafford club are not willing to pay as much as they were.
Free To Negotiate
So, Valdes and United must agree a basic wage for what one would imagine is an 18-month contract and Monaco will then top up the difference to bring the amount he is paid up to the £150,000-a-week that was in the pre-contract agreement.
Valdes will be joining United to become understudy to current number one David de Gea, who has arguably been the Red Devils' most impressive player this season. However, there has been much talk of a possible move to Real Madrid for the young 'keeper in the not too distant future and Valdes could well be a contingency.
Investment Gone South
Monaco's stalled investment has seen a number of the club's highest earners depart this summer, with Manchester United already having done business with them by signing striker Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan as the transfer window came to a close.
Earlier in the summer, James Rodriguez went to Real Madrid in a £63million deal to become the latest Galactico. A move that prompted the Santiago Bernabeu club to sell Angel di Maria to Manchester United in a British record deal worth around £60million.
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