The Barcelona stopper has hinted at a move to the principality club next summer
Jose Mourinho’s hopes of landing out-of-contract Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes for next season look to have faded slightly after the player hinted at his preference for a move to AS Monaco in Ligue 1.
Chelsea had been linked with a move for Valdes, who is due to depart the Nou Camp at the conclusion of his current deal.
However, the chances of bringing the stopper to Stamford Bridge now look slim after the Spaniard told Marca that he liked the idea of a move to the principality club.
“Monaco is a good option,” Valdes said.
"I'm very fond of Abidal and consider him as a brother. [It] would be special to play with him."
While the interview failed to touch on rumours of Chelsea’ interest in the player, it is thought that the animosity that flourished between Mourinho and the Barcelona squad over the past few years could also be a factor in the 31-year-old opting for an alternative club.
Monaco will also be able to offer Valdes highly favourable contract terms, should he agree to a move to Ligue 1.
Chelsea meanwhile could have a fight on their hands to keep hold of promising young keeper Thibaut Courtois.
The Belgian youngster has impressed during two loan spells with Atletico Madrid and while manager Diego Simeone is keen to secure him on a long-term contract, he could face some competition with Barcelona also believed to be tracking the player.
According to reports, the Catalans see the Chelsea star as the long-term successor to the outgoing Valde, while Courtois has reportedly grown restless at playing second fiddle to current no.1 Petr Cech.
He is not Barca’s only option though, with the La Liga giants still considering a bid for Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, who is currently on loan with Napoli.
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