27 Sept 2015

Transfer Stunner: Liverpool want 'fantastic' £150k-a-week Champions League winner as a replacement for Mignolet

A year ago, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers allegedly rejected the chance to sign ex-Barcelona star Victor Valdes, and with the Reds seemingly losing reportedly losing patience with Simon Mignolet, it appears that Valdes is back on the the club's transfer wish-list.

According to ESPN today:

"Liverpool and Chelsea are considering a shock move for Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes, sources have told ESPN FC. Valdes, 33, is on the list of targets for Liverpool and Chelsea".

Transfer timeline

* Jun 2013: The Mirror, claimed that Brendan Rodgers was planning a summer move for Valdes, and that Barca would listen to offers 'of around £16m'.

* Feb 2014: Spanish newspaper Sport claimed that LFC were negotiating with Barca after submitting an offer for Valdes.

* Apr 2014: The Guardian claimed: "Liverpool will attempt to shore up their decidedly porous defence by replacing the occasionally flappy Simon Mignolet with Víctor Valdés ".

* Sep 2014: In press conference, Rodgers was asked the following question: "With regards to Victor Valdes, is that still happening? Is there a chance of him coming in?". He replied: "It's the first I've heard of it".

* Oct 2014: Valdes's Agent told Spanish newspaper Sport: "Liverpool have not offered us the chance to train with them for four days. And we have not rejected the offer, because it is false."

* Oct 2014: Spanish pundit Guillem Balague claimed that Rodgers passed on the deal. He noted: "As soon as things started to get a bit tetchy, Rodgers found himself with enough reasons not to take the chance".

After such an amazing career at Barcelona, Valdes is seemingly unwanted at Man United, but with legendary hot-head Louis Van Gaal in charge, it's no surprise that there's friction between the two.

Valdes admits, however, that he isn't the easiest person to get along with. Last month, he told RCN:

"I am a very difficult person to work with. I recriminate myself when I keep myself in the margins and let people down, especially those who expect better from me".

Sounds exactly like the kind of project Rodgers - in his infinite hubris - would love to take on.

When all is said and done, though, Valdes - recently hailed as 'fantastic' by Man United's goalkeeping coach - is a proven winner, with admirable experience, and at the Nou Camp, he conceded only 0.8 goals per game in 500 appearances for Barcelona.

By comparison, Mignolet's career average is 1.3 goals per game (with his average running at 1.6).

One thing's for sure: Liverpool fans would be happy with Valdes at Anfield. Last season, I conducted a poll asking fans if the Spaniard should replace Mignolet, and the results were emphatic:

Valdes is reportedly on £150k-a-week at United, which may ultimately derail any deal with the Reds, but if there's a financial compromise to be reached, is Valdes a player Liverpool should pursue?

Author: Jaimie K


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