Despite being a mainstay in one of the finest teams of the decade, free agent Victor Valdes can’t find a club.
The 32-year-old was set to move to Ligue 1 title pretenders Monaco before he failed a medical, potentially prying the door opening for a move to reining Bundesliga monarchs Bayern Munchen, who are ranked at 7/2 to win the Champions League.
Still, this purported Allianz switch is only a Plan B to compensate for the German giants’ failure to lure net minder extraordinaire Keylor Navas to Bavaria.
Bayern are among an array of the world’s elite who have been in the market for a goalkeeper this summer, yet Valdes – who is currently recovering from a knee injury – has been overlooked by the lot thus far.
Here’s why the continental big guns should’ve been queuing up to snare the world and two-time European champion:
Valdes may be in rehab following a cruciate ligament injury, but he’s due back in action around the same time as Luis Suarez.
The Uruguayan is scheduled to return from his universal ban from all football in October, which is the same month that former Barcelona stopper is hoping to get the all-clear to start playing again.
Despite his prolonged stint in the sin bin, Los Blaugrana still spent a near world record-busting £75m on Suarez, yet no one has been willing to take Valdes, an individual whose winners medal count far surpasses the former Liverpool man’s, for nothing.
The keeper enjoyed arguably his finest season at the Nou Camp up until the curse of the cruciate struck.
Valdes kept 13 clean sheets in 26 2013/14 appearances, conceding comfortably less than a goal per game on average at 0.81.
His mean saves per match stood at 2.31, while he typically made three saves before being beaten.
Valdes may be in his 30s, but that’s prime blossoming time for goalkeepers.
There are at least four stoppers on the books of last season’s Premier League top six that could feasibly make a claim to be first choice at their respective clubs, while forces of Spain, Italy and Brazil’s stature handed their number one jerseys to players who had crossed the 30-year barrier at the World Cup.