Liverpool have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Victor Valdes, according to reports.
The Daily Mail claims the Spanish stopper has rejected the chance to make a temporary move to Merseyside to prove his fitness, which is sure to have an impact on the club's interest in signing the player permanently.
Valdes became a legend at Barcelona, but left the club in the summer after suffering a cruciate ligament injury to his knee. That injury also put pay to a potential move to AS Monaco.
After making over 500 appearances for the Blaugrana, the 32-year-old has become one of the most coveted free agents in football. However, is fitness remains a concern and clubs want to take a look before agreeing a deal.
That certainly appeared to be the case as far as Liverpool were concerned, with manager Brendan Rodgers looking to add some competition for Simon Mignolet. Currently, Brad Jones is number two for the club.
And, with the Reds looking to be competitive in the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup this season, rotation could prove to be key in a bid to avoid burnout among the top players - including the goalkeeper.
Valdes, who has won six La Liga titles and three Champions League trophies, would be a legitimate challenger for the number one spot at Anfield, let alone as part of a rotation strategy.
But, it now remains to be seen if Liverpool will pursue the player and make a contract offer, given that they've not been able to take a first-hand look at the knee at the club's Melwood training facility.
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