A reunion could be on the cards at the Etihad Stadium this summer.
Pep Guardiola and Víctor Valdés had a happy relationship in the Guardiola-led new golden age of Barcelona, winning trophy after trophy, including multiple La Ligas and Champions Leagues. Valdés was Pep’s trusted man between the sticks and rarely let him down.
In January 2015, after leaving Barcelona, Valdés accepted an 18-month contract from Manchester United as back-up to number one David De Gea. Asked to play in a reserve game by Louis Van Gaal, Valdés refused and was subsequently transfer listed. The 34-year-old spent half of last season on loan in Belgium at Standard Liège and is now a free agent.
According to today’s Mundo Deportivo, Valdés could soon reunite with Pep at Manchester City. For this to happen, Willy Caballero first has to leave the club, with Celta Vigo interested. Wembley hero Willy knows his days at City are numbered, despite having a year remaining on his deal, and it is only a matter of time before he leaves.
Once Caballero’s exit is official, Valdés appears the most likely candidate to come in as Joe Hart’s back-up. Younger goalkeepers such as Marc-André ter Stegen and Gerónimo Rulli have rejected approaches from City, and in the end it appears the club may go the traditional route of having an older, capable pair of hands to back up Joe Hart rather than a young goalkeeper to fiercely challenge him for the gloves.