Valdes’ exit could pave way for Premier League keeper switch

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Reports emanating from Spain say that long-term Barca stopper Victor Valdes is certain to leave the Nou Camp as his contract enters its final six months and an agreement to join AS Monaco looks likely.

It’s a transfer saga that rumbled on this summer as Valdes prepared to enter the final year of his contract with Spanish champions Barcelona, where many thought he would leave.

However, the veteran keeper opted to enter into his final year at Barca, but after refusing to sign an extension to his current deal, Monaco want to secure his services as early as January.

Rumours suggest the affluent French club will offer Valdes a lucrative ‘signing on bonus’ if he is prepared to up-sticks during the January transfer window, as they bid to try and reach the Champions League, though they would still settle for a summer switch.

The general consensus is that Valdes will sign a pre-contract agreement with Monaco instead, as he will want to honour his current deal and appease the Barcelona fans.

Valdes has started the season in fine form, letting in just five goals in Barca’s first seven La Liga games, to leave the Catalans strong 2/7 favourites to retain their crown – five points clear of Real Madrid currently.

Nevertheless, his decision to leave means another top-class stopper must be sought. Having started his career at the club, it’s long been mooted that Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina – currently on loan at Napoli – would make the perfect fit and it was even thought he may be going there this summer.

Then there is Chelsea’s 21-year-old keeper Thibaut Courtois, who is busy making a name for himself on loan at high-flying Atletico Madrid, with the Belgian’s name closely linked already after some eye-catching displays such as keeping a clean sheet in the Madrid derby.

Meanwhile, much could hinge on whether Tottenham break back into the top four, as Hugo Lloris could easily have his head turned if the Lillywhites fail to make it.

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Christian Crowther

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