Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea could be on his way out of the club if Victor Valdes signs a contract at Old Trafford.
The former Barcelona ace has been training with the Red Devils in recent weeks to get back to full fitness following a knee injury which wrecked his chances of going to the World Cup over the summer.
When confirming the news that Valdes would train at Carrington, there was no mention by Manchester United over whether he would be handed a permanent contract once he had completed his rehabilitation, although that hasn't stopped the rumours.
It's been suggested that Louis van Gaal, who worked with Valdes during his time at Barcelona, wants to add him to his squad when he is ready - but it seems as though that could have ramifications for De Gea.
According to the Daily Star, De Gea could be forced out if Valdes were to arrive, which plays into the hands of Real Madrid who have been linked with the Spanish shotstopper in recent weeks. The paper adds that Manchester United are open to letting him leave Old Trafford if a deal is in place with Valdes, with Anders Lindegaard as his back-up.
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That is likely to come as a surprise to Manchester United fans, who have gotten used to seeing De Gea perform consistently well this season. The former Atletico Madrid ace initially struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League following his switch from Spain, but is now considered to be one of the finest in the league in his position.
Given that he is eight years younger than Valdes, it seems unlikely that Manchester United will give up De Gea that easily. The key to Valdes move to Old Trafford will hinge on whether he is willing to accept a number two role should De Gea stay.
Liverpool have also been linked with the Spaniard, who may be more inclined to head to Anfield if he can dislodge Simon Mignolet if he can dislodge the Belgian as Brendan Rodgers.
Either way it looks as though a decision could be made soon. Valdes is close to making his comeback having tweeted yesterday: "Great training session Today. Almost Ready! Thanks for your supportive messages throughout these months. They have helped me a lot!"
It seems as though he's not yet made up his mind, with Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata saying of his countryman in an interview with Spanish radio station COPE: 'I speak regularly with Víctor Valdés, he's training with us. We're waiting to see what his plans are.'
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