Spanish journalist Guillem Balague has hinted that Chelsea could make a future move for Manchester United outcast Victor Valdes.
Writing in his column for Yahoo! Sport, Balague claims the goalkeeper wants to stay on in the Premier League despite his difficulties in Manchester.
Valdes, who joined the Red Devils on a free transfer back in January, has endured a torrid time at the club after falling out with United chief Louis van Gaal.
The former Barcelona star last featured for the club on the final day of last season, but it's far from certain as to whether he will complete a move away from the Theatre of Dreams in the coming months.
Balague claims Chelsea have 'taken a look' at the veteran, but won't make a move until the goalkeeper's problems with Ligue 1 side AS Monaco are eradicated.
Balague stated: "So where now for the 33-year-old keeper?
"First and foremost, apart from any situation he may have with Manchester United, he and his legal team still have unfinished business with AS Monaco.
"Valdés signed for the French club as a free agent in January 2014 for four seasons. The club’s unilateral decision to renege on the deal following his injury led to proceedings being started against the club in the courts of the Principality as far back as July 5, 2014. A ruling from the court is anticipated sometime in the next few months.
"On the playing front, Sevilla and Valencia have expressed an interest but ideally he would like to remain in the Premier League.
"There was talk about him going to play in Turkey with Besiktas only for that deal to collapse for a number of contractual reasons and Chelsea have also taken a look but would not make any sort of move until the contractual wrangle between the player and the club are sorted out."
Must move on
The Spaniard must depart Old Trafford as soon as possible. One of the most established 'keepers in the game, Valdes still has so much more to give, so must find a new club imminently.
Let's be honest, though, moving to Chelsea would prove a bizarre transfer. With the duo of Thibaut Courtois and Asmir Begovic already plying their trade in west London, Valdes would struggle to secure regular football under the guidance of Jose Mourinho. Perhaps the 33-year-old would be better off ending his short stint in England's elite division.
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