Manchester City ready to trump Monaco ... but what about Joe Hart?

Victor Valdes

Manchester City are reportedly ready to bring in Victor Valdes from Barcelona on a Bosman deal.

This season has been a topsy-turvy campaign for Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart. He struggled for form and confidence in 2013 and found himself dropped from first-team action for Costel Pantilimon at club level and under pressure on the international stage with Fraser Forster and Ben Foster being touted as potential options for Roy Hodgson.

But it proved a good decision by Manuel Pellegrini - as after some time out of the first team Hart returned back to his best.

So with that in mind he probably didn’t think he would have to be concerned over losing his first-team place at the club.

However that could be a possibility according to French publication L’Equipe.

They claim that City are considering bringing in a goalkeeper who will not be content with playing second fiddle to Hart.

Victor Valdes confirmed in the summer of 2013 that he would be leaving his beloved Barcelona for pastures new in 2014 - as he sought a new challenge for the future.

The Spanish international has come on leaps and bounds in recent years - and is now rightfully considered one of the best in the business.

He also spoke of his admiration for the Premier League around the time of his exit announcement.

So he was always going to be linked with a potential move to Premier League suitors - City being one of them.

However it has been the worst-kept-secret in football for a while now that Valdes had agreed a deal to join French big spenders AS Monaco in the summer on a Bosman ruling.

However L’Equipe claim that deal is not ironclad - and the ex-Barcelona regime behind the scenes at City want their friend and former stopper in between the sticks.

Apparently the pre-contract agreement with the Monegasque side also includes a clause allowing another team to pay a fee that will cancel the arrangement.

City are rumoured to be one such interested party.

In all likeliness this is a dubious claim. It is fairly common a belief that Valdes is on his way to Monaco and that Hart has won over Pellegrini to the point he will stand by the English stopper.

So take the report with an inch of salt - but keep an eye on developments from Barcelona, Monaco and Manchester.

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