Liverpool are closing in on a deal to sign former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes, according to reports.
Speculation suggesting the Reds were interested in signing the 32-year-old Spanish shot-stopper emerged on Monday, transfer deadline day, but as Valdes is currently a free agent, the 11pm deadline did not apply.
Valdes’, who was already set to leave Barcelona this summer, has been out of action since March after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
Liverpool are believed to be wanting reassurances over his fitness before offering him a contract on Merseyside.
But according to Spanish newspaper Sport the deal is “all done”, as reported by 101 Great Goals.
His fitness remains in doubt though, with the Daily Star reporting on Wednesday:
His rehabilitation is going well, though, and Brendan Rodgers wants to add him to his squad when Valdes is back fighting fit.
Starsport understands Valdes should be fit to play again in December.
Valdes’ medal-swept career at the Camp Nou makes him a great candidate to be back-up goalkeeper to Simon Mignolet at Anfield—a goalkeeper of the calibre to give the Belgian international competition for his place.
Currently Australian Brad Jones occupies the second-choice goalkeeper slot at Liverpool and Pepe Reina returned from a season-long loan spell at Napoli to be permanently sold to Bayern Munich.
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