The Mirror reported yesterday that Valdes was sounding out a potential move to the Premier League with Monaco also interested in the Spanish stopper. Today the Express said that Liverpool have moved into pole position in the race to sign Valdes.
Valdes is out of contract at the end of the season at Barcelona meaning he will be available on a free transfer, and there is some uncertainty regarding the goalkeeping situation at Liverpool this season.
The Spanish stopper will be more accustomed to the style of play from Brendan Rodgers where the goalkeeper sees plenty of the ball, as current goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has come in for some criticism of late – for not being comfortable in possession or playing the role of sweeper keeper.
If the deal does materialise, the Reds will be signing a goalkeeper with an impeccable pedigree having won five La Liga title with the club, along with three Champions League and is a two-time Copa Del Rey winner. At the age of 32, he is a goalkeeper that will have a lot to offer at the highest level.
Some may ask why Liverpool are going after Valdes when they have the man ahead of him in the Spanish national side’s pecking order in Pepe Reina out on loan at Napoli, and still on their books.
The reality is it may be wages, given the lucrative deal Reina signed at the club prior to the takeover of current owners of FSG, and Liverpool will hope to get Valdes on a cheaper contract. However, one would expect him to command a fairly hefty wage - though the report from the Express says the terms that may be offered are 'uncertain'
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