Manchester United Transfer News: Latest on Victor Valdes, David De Gea Rumours

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJanuary 21, 2016

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Victor Valdes looks finally set to depart Manchester United, with the Spaniard primed to move to Belgian club Standard Liege.

The goalkeeper posted a farewell message to his United "family" on Thursday, seemingly calling an end to an unhappy 12 months at Old Trafford:

According to Belgian outlet La Derniere Heure (h/t football writer Kristoff Terreur), Valdes' loan move to Liege will be confirmed imminently:

Valdes signed an 18-month contract with United in January 2015 and looked set to play as David de Gea's No. 2.

However, manager Louis van Gaal said back in July that there was no place for the goalkeeper in his squad anymore after he had refused to play for the reserves, per Richard Jolly of ESPN FC.

As a result, the 34-year-old has been sidelined and marginalised for all of the 2015-16 campaign, with Bleacher Report's Dean Jones recently indicating that Valdes "needs" to get away from Old Trafford:

It looks as though he is finally set to make his escape, with a move to Standard Liege ideal for all involved, as United are well covered in the goalkeeping department, with Sergio Romero an adequate back-up for De Gea.

In further United goalkeeping news, De Gea's future at United reportedly hinges on whether he is given the Spanish No. 1 spot at UEFA Euro 2016 this summer.

Per ESPN's Miguel Delaney, United are "confident" they will keep hold of De Gea, despite Real Madrid's interest, if he can usurp Iker Casillas as Vicente del Bosque's starting goalkeeper.

ALICANTE, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 13:  Goalkeepers Iker Casillas (R) and David De Gea of Spain in discussion as they warm up prior to the international friendly match between Spain and England at Jose Rico Perez Stadium on November 13, 2015 in Alicante, Spain.
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The fact of the matter is that De Gea should already be the undisputed No. 1 for Spain as he is undoubtedly one of the best goalkeepers in the world, and Casillas is in decline.

As Delaney notes, one of the attractions to Real for De Gea has previously been the chance to gain the necessary "status and visibility" to claim the starting spot under Del Bosque.

But if he can achieve that without moving to Real, then it looks as though United will be able to hang on to him for the foreseeable future.