Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini will turn his attention to Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes, following reports that Joe Hart’s ousting from the City first team is set to be a permanent one.
The Head and Shoulders ambassador faces a near-impossible task to regain the faith of City’s head honcho, who will make a play for the legendary Barça hero next summer.
After playing 123 straight league games for Man City, Hart is now out of favour.
Pellegrini has openly revealed he doesn’t know when the England stopper will return to the City side after dropping him following a number of errors in City’s stuttering start to the campaign.
These series of clangers included a flappy display in the 3-1 Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich and a kamikaze moment in the final minute at Stamford Bridge, where his headless chicken foray out of his own area gifted Chelsea’s Fernando Torres the winning goal.
Valdes has told Barca he is quitting the Nou Camp at the end of this season.
The Spanish giants are reported to have agreed a fee with Borussia Monchengladbach for the transfer of Marc-Andre ter Stegen, with the young German talent being brought in to replace Valdes, who wants a new challenge in his career.
Arsenal have been sniffing around Valdes with manager Arsene Wenger still unsure Wojciech Szczesny while the Barça shot-stopper has admitted he would be open to a move to AS Monaco to link up with former teammate Eric Abidal.
No current goalkeeper in world football has won more Champions League medals than Valdes.
One of the main reasons Pellegrini was recruited by the City hierarchy was his excellent pedigree with Villarreal and Malaga in the Champions League and Valdes’ similar excellence at the top level should bode well for his chances of being snapped up by the Citizens.
He’s played a total of 108 Champions League matches and has only seen 88 goals fired past him and at 31-years-old has many minutes left on his clock.