It looks as if Brendan Rodgers may be plotting to bring Liverpool FC's next international star to Anfield.
Though the Reds' 2012 season has been an uncharacteristically difficult one for fans to swallow with the club sitting in eighth, things have gotten slightly better for the Liverpool faithful lately, as Rodgers' squad has managed to win three of their last four matches.
Now, with the midseason transfer window open, Rodgers already has his sights set on landing one of the game's biggest stars, even if the move doesn't take place until next summer.
The Barcelona keeper will have only 12 months left on his contract at the end of the season and talks on a new deal have stalled.
His situation has sparked interest at Anfield, where Pepe Reina – Valdes’s deputy with the all-conquering Spanish national team – is once more at the centre of transfer talk with Arsenal reported to be interested.
During his time at Barca, Valdes has blossomed into one of the most reliable keepers in Europe, and more importantly, he's won everything from league titles to the World Cup, and that sort of experience is something that the Reds would benefit from.
Pepe Reina has been reasonably solid for the Reds this season, but if he does indeed leave the team, Rodgers will be hard-pressed to find a better replacement for the goalkeeping vacancy than Valdes, whose winning pedigree speaks for itself.
At 31, Valdes likely has a handful of good years left in him, and with Liverpool on the rise, he'd be a worthy addition for both his influence in the locker room and his impact on the pitch.
As one of the most decorated goalkeepers in the world, Valdes will have no shortage of suitors, but if he intends to leave La Liga, Rodgers should be on the hunt for the Spanish international as soon as the summer transfer window opens.