Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes is thought to be a potential target for a number of Premier League clubs, including Manchester United, over the transfer window.
Valdes recently refused to sign a new contract at the Catalan club (per The Daily Mail) and is thought to have attracted interest from Sir Alex Ferguson and those at Old Trafford regarding a potential move at some point in the near future.
Barcelona's No1 shot stopper had been the subject of frenzied speculation during the January transfer window, with United amongst the clubs sniffing around him.
This was due to the fact that Sir Alex Ferguson remains unconvinced about his current keeper, David De Gea, although the Spaniard performed well in last night's Champions League last 16 first-leg tie against Real Madrid at the Bernebeu.
Valdes has gone to establish himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the world during his 10-year spell at Barca. He could slot into United quite well, as he has had a decorated career, having lifted the Champions League on three occasions and has won La Liga multiple times too.
There is no disputing how good Valdes has become at the back and how solid he would be at Old Trafford, but given their current situation, any deal by Manchester United to try to sign him at the moment would make absolutely no sense.
United have Spaniard David De Gea in goal at the moment, and the 22-year-old is having arguably his strongest start to a year at United so far in 2013.
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His most recent match against Real Madrid in the Champions League showed just how strong his reflexes and shot-stopping ability are and just how strong he can be with confidence in himself—something that he's finally starting to get back, also.
For United to part ways with De Gea now makes absolutely no sense; if they were going to transfer him, they would have done it when he wasn't so established.
Yet now, with the No. 1 spot firmly secured as his own, the Red Devils' shot-stopper simply will not be looked over by United anytime in the near future.
Even if they did, you'd have to think that Sir Alex Ferguson would look elsewhere than Valdes, with Stoke City's Asmir Begovic arguably a better (and certainly cheaper) option than the Barcelona goalkeeper would be for United. Combined with the fact they most likely will have to wait until 2014 to sign Valdes, there's just no way that the Barca shot-stopper is next on United's goalkeeping radar.
Valdes wouldn't move to Old Trafford just to back up De Gea, which is the only possible scenario in which United would be interested in signing him. They have their man—and he's playing very, very well at the moment—so they don't need anybody else to come in and take over at the back.
De Gea is the future at 22 years old, and a bright prospect for United.
Valdes is nothing but a pipe dream, and a pretty nonsense one at that.
Should Manchester United make a move for Victor Valdes?
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