Free agent Victor Valdes was spotted in the Old Trafford crowd watching Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Sunday afternoon, increasing speculation that the former Barcelona goalkeeper is poised to sign for the Red Devils.
United announced last week that Valdes, 32, is currently training with United as he completes the final part of his recovery process after undergoing knee surgery earlier this year. It then emerged that Louis van Gaal, who handed Valdes his Barcelona debut in 2002 while managing the Catalan giants, plans to sign the Spain international to replace Anders Lindegaard as United's back-up goalkeeper.
Valdes was seen sitting amongst several Manchester United players, including the injured Jonny Evans and the suspended Wayne Rooney, as he watched the Red Devils salvage a last-gasp draw thanks to Robin van Persie's late equaliser.
Valdes' agent has spoken to United
According to the Daily Mail, Valdes' agent Gines Carvajal and another of his representatives have already met the United hierarchy, with Van Gaal keen to wrap up a deal within the next fortnight.
But the veteran Dutch coach wants to be entirely sure, before committing to a deal, that Valdes has made a complete recovery from his long-term injury.
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Van Gaal is open to offers for Lindegaard, who has failed to make a single appearance under the new regime at Old Trafford, and has identified the experienced free agent Valdes as the ideal replacement.
Valdes turns down Bayern Munich
Valdes, who left Barcelona last summer after 12 years at the Camp Nou, has reportedly turned down an approach from his former Barca manager Pep Guardiola to join Bayern Munich - possibly because the Catalan giants already have two top qualities keepers at the Allianz Arena in the form of Manuel Neuer and Pepe Reina, plus the experienced Tom Starke.
But if first-team football is Valdes' most pressing concern, then he may decide to reject the chance to join the Red Devils. David de Gea has been in wonderful form in recent weeks and will remain Manchester United's first-choice goalkeeper for the foreseeable future, regardless of Valdes' arrival.