Updates from Friday, July 4
Victor Valdes' agent, Gines Carvajal, claims the goalkeeper will still move to Monaco, despite the Ligue 1 club's claims that the move is off.
"We have signed a four-year contract with Monaco. We will make them stick to it."
Victor Valdes' proposed move to Monaco is off after the former Barcelona stopper was deemed to be injured during fitness tests with the Ligue 1 side.
Jonathan Johnson of ESPN FC reports the unfortunate development:
Eurosport reports comments from Monaco sporting director Vadim Vasilyev, in which Valdes' future is summed up rather quickly:
Monaco's sporting director Vadim Vasyliev on Victor Valdes: "He is an injured player and will not play here."— Eurosport.com EN (@EurosportCom_EN) July 3, 2014
The 32-year-old now finds himself in a difficult situation after leaving the Camp Nou at the end of the 2013-14 campaign. He remains a free agent, but after failing his medical with Monaco, he may be considered past his best by a selection of elite clubs.
Considering the Spanish goalkeeper is said to have earned around €7 million per year with Barca, as reported by FIFA, it's unlikely many interested parties will be able to offer him the sort of wages he is looking for.
Who should Monaco sign instead of Victor Valdes?
Valdes missed the latter part of last season and underwent knee surgery at the end of March, as reported by Sky Sports, but Jose Pinto was forced to deputise as the Blaugrana's season stumbled to a trophyless end.
Although Vasilyev didn't specify exactly which injury stopped Monaco from signing the experienced stopper, it's deemed serious enough that the rich side will pass on signing a world-class goalkeeper for free. Valdes cannot wait for Barcelona to come calling after refusing a new contract, a factor rammed home when the Spanish side's signings of Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Claudio Bravo are taken into account.
Monaco also face the difficult hunt for a new No. 1. Fortunately for the French league side, the ongoing World Cup has produced a number of top performances that may bring decent-priced options to light, none more so than Guillermo Ochoa, who is a free agent after leaving Ajaccio.
The Mexican possesses experience of the French division and can certainly do a job if the club decides against spending massively. Perhaps the £6.5 million buyout clause of Costa Rica and Levante goalkeeper Keylor Navas may interest, as reported by Pete Jenson of the Daily Mail.
Prior to the announcement of Valdes' injury, Petr Cech's agent confirmed Monaco may be tempted into acquiring the Chelsea keeper. During an interview with Czech website Aktualne, Viktor Kolar was quoted as saying, "Paris Saint-Germain have shown interest and we have also communicated with Monaco," as reported by Vasek Kadlec of Sky Sports.
Although Kolar made it clear Cech hasn't been transfer listed, he indicated Monaco are one of the clubs his client would "consider" should he be deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge. Tancredi Palmeri of beIN Sports also believes this could be a possibility:
Valdes' immediate goal needs to be finding fitness, while his long-term plans are now halted. He is more than equipped to remain at the top level when in good health, but he will need to work avidly if any club is going to offer him the kind of deal he has gotten used to.
The failure for this deal to go through will certainly serve as a huge disappointment for the parties involved, as Monaco and Valdes appeared a solid match at this transitional time for both.