Hostility has erupted between Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal and Red Devils’ reserve goalkeeper Victor Valdes, with the Iron Tulip accusing the 33-year-old of refusing to turn out for the reserves, and the player tweeting this in response:
— Victor Valdes (@1victorvaldes) July 16, 2015
Regardless of the rights and wrongs in this situation, it seems Valdes will definitely be sold this summer. Here are three clubs who could use his vastly-experienced mits.
The Lilywhites may have France captain Hugo Lloris between the sticks and former Swansea stopper Michel Vorm to back him, but the former may yet end up replacing David de Gea at United if Real Madrid get their man.
Were Lloris to leave Spurs (he’s currently 4/5 to stay beyond this summer) then Valdes could be the perfect foil for Vorm, who clearly harbours hopes of becoming White Hart Lane number one, having left a cushy number at the Liberty Stadium.
The six-time La Liga winner’s presence on the Old Trafford bench kept De Gea on his toes during the second half of last term. He could do the same for the Netherlands international at Spurs, although Valdes would have his own designs on the Lilywhites’ goalie jersey.
Argentina’s World Cup and Copa America keeper Sergio Romero has left the Blucerchiati after spending last season on loan at Monaco, leaving journeyman stopper Emiliano Viviano, who spent an appearance-less term on loan at Arsenal during 2013/14, as number one.
There may only be Europa League football on the table in Genoa next term, but Valdes would surely fancy his chances of overhauling Viviano between the sticks.
Valdes’ agent Gines Carvajal insisted his client had no intention of moving to Turkey earlier this week, after Antalyaspor president Gultekin Gencer claimed the keeper was keen on the Mediterranean coast club.
Events since may have reawakened this interest, and Turkey’s tiny taxes have already attracted former United men Robin van Persie and Nani to the Super Lig this summer, so he wouldn’t be ploughing a lone furrow.