Manchester United's hopes of signing Victor Valdes on a free transfer have taken a blow after reports in Mexico claimed Queretaro are ready to offer him a deal.
Cited by Mundo Deportivo, the report claims that the Mexican club want to bring Valdes to the club as part of a Barcelona double act after sealing the sensational signing of Ronaldinho earlier this year.
Having solved a contract dispute with AS Monaco, it was believed that Valdes would be free to sign for Manchester United when the registration window reopened in January. He is approaching full fitness following a serious knee injury, which originally inspired Monaco to cancel their pre-contract agreement.
Training at Carrington
After inviting him to train at Carrington, Louis van Gaal seemed ready to offer him a short-term contract. However, the 32-year-old would be understudy to David de Gea with Anders Lindegaard likely to depart Old Trafford.
And it is for that reason why there is still an essence of doubt regarding the deal and possibly why Queretaro believe they can lure him to Mexico's top division. The chance to reunite with former team-mate Ronaldinho will also be an attractive proposition.
Officials sent to Europe
Queretaro have gone as far as to send officials to Europe with the task of scoping whether Valdes would be interested in a move. The Spanish newspaper suggests Manchester United remains Valdes' first choice.
It was only two days ago that the Daily Star reported that a deal with the Red Devils was all but agreed for Valdes. It came as a result of AS Monaco agreeing to top up his wage when he eventually signs a contract with another club.
The Ligue 1 outfit had offered to pay Valdes £150,000-a-week before the injury to his right knee, pulling the plug on the deal as a result. Now it is suggested that Monaco will top up Valdes' wage wherever he ends up.
That makes Queretaro a genuine option as they won't have to fork out for his pay demands.