Victor Valdes has made himself the most eligible goalkeeper in the world this summer by announcing his decision to leave Barcelona this summer. The Spanish stopper has enjoyed a highly successful stint as Barcelona’s number one goalkeeper going from quiff to thug during his 11 years in the first-team.
Now however he has expressed a desire to use his footballing line of employment to travel and take in new cultures while his two children are still young.
While the likes of AC Milan and Bayern Munich have been linked with the player he recently expressed his adoration of the Premier League saying:
"I like the Premier League, of course. They shoot a lot. I like the respect of the crowd towards footballers in England. It is a different way of living football. I like it. I want to try new cultures, new football, and new challenges. I love it at Barcelona. I will always come back here, but I have this wonderful job which allows me to travel. And I want to travel."
But with Chelsea, Manchester United, Spurs and Manchester City already happy with their goalkeeping options just where might Valdes end up?
We take a look at five possible destinations…
This by far considered the most likely option. With Wojciech Szczesny finally being found out for his limited ability and Lukasz Fabianski out of contract in the summer Arsene Wenger will certainly want to have a look at this option.
He would help integrate the passing style at the club and go some way toward finally ending the wait for silverware.
You do wonder if Wenger will splash out on a 31-year-old.
Many an Everton fan would admit that Tim Howard has not inspired confidence this season.
With a player like Valdes on the market for a fee quoted as low as £8.5 million this would be the type of deal that could keep David Moyes at Goodison and take The Toffees to the next level.
OK …calm down. No I haven’t been smoking something and I haven’t had a knock on the head although I do have a pretty severe head cold maybe I have gone a little bit loony.
But seriously why not?
Valdes has mentioned nothing about playing European football and quite frankly he has been there done it and has the T-shirt and a seat reservation so it may not be a requirement.
Watching The Saints against Reading you can see an emphasis on passing the ball out from the back.
While Artur Boruc has been impressive so far he has not yet been offered a new deal to extend his time on the South Coast.
Could the former Barcelona habitant Pochettino bring in the Barca stalwart?
OK maybe I have gone mad but stay with me.
Remember that West Ham are a worldwide famous team especially in Tenerife; the hometown of Valdes.
With Jussi Jaaskelainen not getting any younger and doubts over the ability of Stephen Henderson at this level Valdes would be more than welcome.
Big Sam has convinced the likes of Djorkaeff, Okocha, Campo, Anelka, Nakata and the rest to play for Bolton in the past.
Could Valdes be his latest coup.
This could all depend on the future of Pepe Reina who despite a shaky start to the season has come good in recent weeks.
If he leaves then Valdes is a logical option.
Where do you think Valdes will end up?
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