Manchester United are close to concluding a deal to sign former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes after the player’s representative Gines Carvajal met with Red Devils’ officials to finalise terms over a move.
This latest development comes courtesy of top Spanish newspaper Marca - and brought to our attention by the Daily Star - who understand that Valdes’s agent has flown to England to thrash out a deal with the Premier League giants.
Valdes has been training with the Red Devils since October after United boss Louis van Gaal invited the experienced goalkeeper to complete his rehabilitation programme at the Aon Training Complex following a serious knee injury sustained last season.
Deal confirmed in January?
Now it seems that, despite interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool, Valdes is set to become Manchester United’s first winter signing - with the deal expected to be confirmed in January.
Van Gaal was recently asked about the possibility of Valdes signing a permanent contract with Manchester United, to which he responded: "It's only talk from you. Not from us, not from Valdes, only the media. I'm not here to inform the media.
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"If Liverpool are interested, he goes to Liverpool. The media are suggesting and that's a big mistake. That's why I'm always angry because you are inventing stories. There are no stories.
"He is training here. I give him the possibility to do that. We shall see."
United fear De Gea will leave
With Manchester United’s first-choice goalkeeper David de Gea still yet to put pen-to-paper on a new contract extension - the Spaniard’s deal expires in 18 months’ time - securing Valdes’s services could be regarded as a contingency plan in case Real Madrid, or any other club, convince De Gea to leave Old Trafford in the near future.