Victor Valdes will fly in to Merseyside in the near future for a medical after agreeing personal terms on a move to Liverpool, according to reports on Thursday.
News of the Reds’ interest in the former Barcelona goalkeeper emerged on Monday, transfer deadline day, and with Valdes a free agent, a deal can still be made despite the passing of the summer transfer window.
Spanish football expert Guillem Balague confirmed in his column on Bleacher Report, “The club and the player have agreed personal terms—Brendan Rodgers and Valdes share a mutual admiration of each other so, pending a medical, he will end up at Anfield.”
The 32-year-old shotstopper tore an anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a La Liga game for Barcelona back in March, ending his career at the Camp Nou.
Doubts remain over his fitness, with Simon Jones of the Daily Mail suggesting earlier this week that Valdes won’t be available to play until December.
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Brendan Rodgers has ordered a thorough test for Valdes, who has been nursing anterior cruciate ligament damage, which has ruled him out since March.
During his 12 years with Barcelona, Valdes racked up 535 appearances for the Catalan giants, but born into a generation of talented Spanish goalkeepers including Iker Casillas and Pepe Reina, has only won 20 caps for Spain.
Nevertheless, the arrival of experienced and medal-decorated Valdes to Liverpool would surely give more adequate cover for Simon Mignolet than Brad Jones, and healthy competition for the Belgium international’s place.
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