Michel Vorm has emerged as a surprise candidate to replace Victor Valdes at Barcelona.
Victor Valdes doesn’t seem to be about to back track on his comments saying that he will not sign a new deal at Barcelona when his current deal expires next year.
Vorm has been in superb form for Swansea ever since they gained promotion to the Premier League and the 29-year-old could be tempted away for what would be the last move of his career.
The biggest thing Swansea have to worry about is the reported interest because it will be very difficult for any club to stop a player from leaving, when they know Barcelona are interested in signing them. Gerhard Tremmel has played well when deputising for Vorm, but Swansea would still be reticent to let their number one leave.
Vorm does have what it takes to cut it at the too level with Barcelona and he has many attributes which would allow him to settle in quickly.
His leadership skills often go underrated because of the slick way Swansea play football, but this is something Barca will definitely be looking for as Valdes is a key and inspirational figure in the current side.
His decision making is superb and allows him to help out the defence when they are looking to their goalkeeper to read and take control of a situation.
Swansea need to hold out for the biggest possible fee if this link turns out to become formal. They need to do so because Vorm is a basic component of Michael Laudrup’s side who will be very difficult for them to replace.
You then need to factor in the fact that Vorm has been playing at Swansea, a side used to playing a similar style of football which is seen all over La Liga. Therefore, he would be surprisingly familiar with the way Barcelona play, making any transition easier.
It’s also more likely when looking at the other goalkeepers that Barcelona have been linked with such as David De Gea from Manchester United, a much younger ‘keeper on a much longer contract at Old Trafford.
It just all makes sense and if it’s not Vorm then it will be another goalkeeper who is either a very young star, yet to make his first move to a big club or another goalkeeper of a similar age, looking to make the last move of his career.
Do you see any chance of this happening?
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