Valencia shortlist Manchester City keeper to replace injured Brazilian

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Willy Caballero could be set for a return to La Liga, following a lack of appearances in the Premier League.

There was both joy and pain for Valencia last weekend, as they finished the 2014-15 campaign in La Liga with victory away at Almeria.

Jubilation at the final whistle, having secured 4th spot and a place in the Champions League next season, was tempered by an unfortunate injury to goalkeeper, Diego Alves.

Analysis afterwards to discover the extent of the injury, has since revealed the 29-year-old suffered a torn cruciate ligament and damage to the meniscus, in his right knee.

Along with being forced out of action for Brazil at the Copa America in Chile this summer, Alves is now set for up to six months on the sidelines, enduring what will inevitably be a lengthy recovery period.

Whilst there is a certain level of confidence in backup 'keeper Yoel Rodriguez, who was signed from Celta Vigo last summer, according to Super Deporte, Valencia are now in the hunt for a top quality stopper, as they plan for La Liga and Europe next season.

A number of quality options have emerged, with Espanyol and Spain international, Kiko Casilla, reportedly having been offered, although Valencia are conscious that with a release clause valuation of €20 million, the 28-year-old may be too expensive an option.

Instead, it is believed that the Mestalla club have taken a keener shine to Argentine goalkeeper, Willy Caballero, who has endured a difficult season with Manchester City, following his move to the Etihad Stadium from Malaga last summer.

Struggling to dislodge England man Joe Hart, the 33-year-old has featured much less than he was expecting to, under manager Manuel Pellegrini, for whom he was an undisputed first-choice when both worked together at La Rosaleda.

Indeed, just seven appearances in all competitions with City during the 2014-15 campaign, would suggest that Caballero might welcome a return to La Liga next season.

Manchester City would likely want to recoup the £4.4 million they paid Malaga last summer, but Valencia would have absolutely no problem with that, although there is also the possibility of an initial loan, which would include the option of a permanent deal.

However, Valencia aren't the only La Liga side interested in Caballero. Earlier in May, a report via El Periodico Mediterraneo situated regional rivals Villarreal as pondering a move, due to their first-choice man between the posts, Sergio Asenjo, also being sidelined with a long-term injury.

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