Arsenal's Spanish international target set for dramatic U-turn?

Victor Valdes

Could Arsenal target Victor Valdes be about to make a dramatic U-turn regarding his future?

Lukasz Fabianski's rib injury has come as a huge personal blow for the Pole, but for Arsenal it may just have made the waters surrounding their goalkeeping situation less muddy.

Fabianski was making a late push to convince Arsenal he deserves a new contract, but he remains injury prone - and Arsenal should not divert from their original plan to sign a new goalkeeper this summer.

There have been a number of 'keepers linked with playing at the Emirates next season, and none so more regularly than Victor Valdes.

The Barcelona stopper announced earlier in 2013 his intention to leave the Camp Nou at the end of the campaign, to take in a new adventure and play football in a different league.

Having achieved everything at Barcelona, you can understand why to some extent he feels that way, especially as he has not had the recognition at international level he feels he deserves.

Arsenal are said to be willing to bid around £8.5 million for the Spaniard, seeing him as an experienced pair of hands at 31 who Wojciech Szczesny can learn from, while also a proven winner.

However it may not be quite so simple, with reports coming out of Spain suggesting Valdes could stay after all and the subject is still up for discussion.

Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu told Catalunya Radio: "Rosell (president) has been in contact with Valdés to make it very clear that the doors are still open to him staying at the club. Because we prioritise footballing matters, we’d rather keep Valdés until the end of the 2014 season than sell him this summer.

"We don’t have a deadline for the Valdés affair. One option would be for him to see out his contract - in which case we wouldn’t sign a keeper."

It may tally in with recent reports, which have seen Arsenal linked with a host of other stoppers. Today it was Simon Mignolet, the day before Rui Patricio, the weekend Rene Adler, and last week Asmir Begovic.

Clearly the Arsenal situation is as up in the air as Valdes' future, and the Spaniard's potential U-turn only serves to cloud it further.

Who should be the Arsenal goalkeeper next season? How can they convince Valdes to join?

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