The experienced Spaniard announced last season that he was leaving Barcelona to experience a new challenge before the end of his career, prior to picking up a knee injury that saw his season end.
Monaco’s u-turn over a deal to sign Valdes seems to be based on his health and Arsenal could take advantage due to the situation panning out at Barcelona.
One of the obvious options for Valdes would have been to go back to Barcelona but Marc-Andre ter Stegen has signed on the dotted line for the Spanish giants with negotiations ongoing over a deal to bring in Claudio Bravo as back up.
In short, Valdes is facing a summer without a club and reviewing his options as he recovers from his injury.
Arsenal have already made big plays in the transfer market to sign goalkeepers who can come in as back up to Wojciech Szczesny following the departure of Lukasz Fabianski to Swansea City.
The club have made, and failed with, a bid for Cardiff shot stopper David Marshall while also revealing interest in England international John Ruddy of Norwich City.
In both cases, it’s difficult to see them coming in as a deputy to Szczesny but Valdes may find the Emirates a difficult place to resist of Arsenal extend him an olive branch.
Valdes won’t start the season, which means Szczesny will retain his number one spot and will have a chance to prove to Arsene Wenger that he shouldn’t be replaced the second the Spaniard is fit.
That allows the boss to take a look at some of the younger options available to him, potentially taking a gamble on a younger player who can increase his experience from being in and around the first team.
Should Arsenal move for Valdes then it makes sense for the experienced goalkeeper for several reasons.
He’d be put on a competitive personal package, not as much as he would have earned at Monaco but decent nevertheless.
He will get games because Wenger showed last season that he’s not afraid to drop Szczesny when the Pole makes mistakes and Valdes isn’t a bad player to have ready to come into the side.
Most importantly, Valdes gets to offer his experience and wealth of quality to the younger goalkeepers at the club, preparing them to step up when he himself eventually retires.