Manchester United have been given reason to seal a deal for out-of-contract star Victor Valdes after the former Barcelona star was named the greatest ever La Liga goalkeeper.
Valdes has been training with Louis van Gaal's men as he continues to work his way back to fitness following a serious knee injury. That same injury saw a proposed move to AS Monaco break down, leaving him without a club.
After Liverpool rejected the chance to sign him as well, Van Gaal invited him to train at Carrington with reports suggesting he will be offered a short-term deal when the registration window reopens in January.
Should he sign for Manchester United as expected, Van Gaal can claim the have bagged the greatest goalkeeper in La Liga history on a free transfer. Such a title puts him ahead of the likes of Iker Casillas and Santiago Canizares.
As reported in the Daily Star, Valdes came out on top of a number crunching study by the Spanish Centre for Football History and Statistics (CIHEFE). The study involved the analysis of every goalkeeper to play in La Liga since 1928.
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Undertaken by Vidal Vinaras de Blas, the analysis concluded that Valdes had been the most successful goalkeeper out of the 790 to ever participate in Spain's top flight.
The study took into account each 'keeper's individual records such as: goals conceded, consecutive clean sheets, Zamorra trophies (best goalkeeper of the year), and appearances. It also considered titles won.
Playing for Barcelona
Valdes, 32, was certainly helped by the fact he only ever played for Barcelona in the most successful era in the club's history. A defensive pairing of Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique would have also done him plenty of favours.
Casillas, who has spent his entire career at Real Madrid, could only come in at number 20 on the list. The Spain legend has been captain for both club and country for a significant amount of time, but it seems his record does not quite match up to that of Valdes.