Manchester United’s agreement with Turkish side Besiktas over the transfer of Spanish goalkeeper Victor Valdes has fallen through after the 33-year-old reportedly backed out of the move.
BBC Sport claim that after having previously agreed terms over any potential move, officials at the Turkish club then tried to alter the terms of the transfer causing Valdes to reconsider his options.
Despite only joining the Premier league outfit 18-months ago, Louis van Gaal has reportedly told the Spanish keeper that he has not future at the Old Trafford club after the two had a break down in their relationship.
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This spat was made public when van Gaal claimed that Valdes had refused to play for United’s under-21 side, whilst recovering from an injury to his anterior cruciate ligament that had kept him out for almost a year.
Van Gaal’s comments about Valdes’ future came as a shock to many fans, with the Spaniard widely expected to replace outgoing compatriot David de Gea, who is widely expected to complete a transfer to Real Madrid before the transfer window closes on September 1.
A three times Champions League winner with ex-club Barcelona, and part of Spain’s triumphant 2010 World Cup squad, Valdes certainly brought experience and a winning mentality to United after joining on a free transfer in 2014.
Unable to make an immediate impact however due to his long term injury, Valdes completed his rehabilitation at United before being moved into their under-21 squad to regain match fitness.
After an injury to David de Gea during United’s penultimate game of the 2014-15 season, Valdes made his United debut at home to Arsenal, coming on as a substitute for the last 16 minutes. He then started United’s final game away to Hull, keeping a clean sheet in the process.