Liverpool and Manchester City’s transfer plans could well have changed last night when Victor Valdes was stretchered off during Barcelona’s game against Celta Vigo.
The experienced Spanish shot stopper tore his anterior cruciate ligament during the game, which has ended his season and potentially, his professional career.
Valdes had been linked with moves to Liverpool and Manchester City, with Brendan Rodgers keen to improve the quality of competition for Simon Mignolet and Manuel Pellegrini potentially preparing for the summer exit of Joe Hart to Real Madrid.
Both sides may now have to re-think which goalkeeper they are going to target this summer because the average rehabilitation period for an ACL injury is around six months.
That means it’d be roughly September before Valdes could return to any form of first team training, removing the value of either Premier League side making a move for him.
Valdes still has options if the injury doesn’t force him to retire because he’s been world class for a long period of time and will be an attractive proposition to top clubs when he’s back to full fitness.