After he was omitted from the Manchester United squad heading to the United States, there were swiftly questions raised regarding the future of experienced goalkeeper Victor Valdes with the Red Devils.
According to Catalan outlet Sport, there's a good reason for doubts over whether Valdes will remain at Old Trafford for much longer, based on their reports that Valencia have opened negotiations with Manchester United, keen to secure the services of the 33-year-old former Barcelona star.
Sport claim to have been informed "by sources from Valencia" that agent Gines Carvajal has been holding talks at the Mestalla. Valdes has a contract with Manchester United until 2016, though Valencia are said to be looking at a loan for the upcoming 2015-16 campaign, with the offer to extend his stay for a further two seasons.
Valencia have been actively searching for a leading goalkeeper, who can replace the injured first-choice stopper, Diego Alves, with the Brazilian expected to be sidelined until around February 2016, after suffering a serious knee injury during the final match of last season in La Liga.
The biggest hurdle in the operation to land Valdes, appears to be his salary of around €3.5 million per season with Manchester United, which Valencia are hoping to reduce, if they're to secure his signature.
However, one attraction Valencia hope to use as enticement is guaranteed starting-eleven appearances, between the start of the season and next February. From there, Valdes and Alves would be in a straight battle for who has the leading role between the posts.
Suggestions that Valencia were planning a move for Valdes aren't particularly new, given he has frequently been highlighted as a potential goalkeeping target by Super Deporte, who noted interest from Los Che back in June.
Meanwhile, Valdes seems determined to remain at Manchester United and to fight for his place in the team, despite being left out of the US tour. Via his official twitter account, his message seemed to point that out with abundant clarity.