Arsenal renew interest in Barcelona star


Arsenal have rekindled their interest in Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes, according to Sports Direct News.

Valdes announced he wanted to leave Barcelona earlier this season, while Arsenal and Monaco expressed an interest for his signature at the time. Then Valdes did a U-turn and decided he wanted to stay at the Camp Nou until the end of next summer. 

However this could all change, with Barcelona now targeting QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar, who is also an Arsenal target. If Cesar indeed joins Barca it would pave the way for Valdes to leave and possibly join the Gunners.

Arsenal have been chasing a new goalkeeper all summer, with Polish goalkeepers Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski both failing to convince last season. The London club had also targeted Simon Mignolet, who joined Liverpool instead.

It is clear Wenger wants to add some new competition to the goalkeeping department following the exit of Vito Mannone to Sunderland a few days ago.

At the age of 31, Valdes has plenty of European experience. He has 14 caps for the Spanish national side and was part of Spain's World Cup-winning squad in 2010. 

Valdes is also regarded as one of Barcelona's best goalkeepers ever. He has made over 500 appearances for Barca, winning 19 trophies in that time.

The Spanish keeper could be a good example to Fabianski and Szczesny, who are both still young for 'keepers at the ages of 28 and 23 respectively, and he could aid them in developing their game. 

Valdes, if signed by Arsenal, would be a safe pair of hands. The Spanish keeper has played at the highest level and under constant pressure at Barcelona, one of the top teams in the world, for most of his career. 


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