Real Madrid courting Manchester United's David de Gea has already been one of the most long drawn out transfer sagas of the summer.
At this stage the ball is still firmly in the court of Los Blancos. United officials have made clear that they won't let their custodian leave for anything less than £25m, a price that Real appear reluctant to pay at this stage given that De Gea has just a year left on his contract.
With Iker Casillas already departed for Porto in less than glamorous circumstances, Real's need for a goalkeeper has become more urgent.
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Step forward Victor Valdes' agent Gines Carvajal, who has, according to Barcelona daily Sport, offered the player to the Blaugrana's biggest rivals.
Here are three reasons why her client should turn down the move.
Every player from every club wants to feel wanted. It's normally a pre-requisite before signing on.
There's little point in joining a side who just see you as a pawn in a chess game.
However, that is exactly what Victor Valdes will be should he decided to leave Manchester and decant back to the Spanish capital.
A "stop-gap" until de Gea becomes available. A second choice because Florentino Perez can't get hold of the player who he would prefer.
Hardly the most cordial of welcomes awaits either, if Casillas' goodbye is the barometer.
Should Valdes decide on a move to the Santiago Bernabeu, it would ruin his relationship with the supporters of FC Barcelona.
Revered for his years spent between the sticks during Barca's most successful period, he would become reviled as soon as he pulled on a Real jersey.
Given that Valdes is a proud Catalan, it would be particularly hard to stomach for many.
There have been others that have made the switch, some more successfully than others. Could Valdes really deal with having pigs' heads and the like thrown at him when he returns to Camp Nou?
Greater challenges in Manchester
When it became clear that Valdes wanted to leave the club of his life for new experiences and new challenges, both Barca as a club and their mighty fan base wished him well.
Exemplary service to the club over a number of years afforded him that courtesy.
With the Red Devils not anywhere near their pinnacle, it made sense for Valdes not only to fight for a place in the side but also to help claw United back to where they belong.
Exchanging that for Madrid would simply be a cop out. The only realistic challenge presented to him would be twice a season against his old colleagues.
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