Manchester United have agreed to send Victor Valdes to Beşiktaş. Only a fee has been agreed between the two clubs.
The only thing currently holding up the deal to take Valdes away from Old Trafford is the Turkish side’s manager. He is currently deciding if he wants the Spaniard to join his team.
Beşiktaş were after Valdes a little earlier in the transfer window but they decided against signing him because the manager thought that he would disrupt the atmosphere in the team. The Turkish side then set their sights on another United keeper, Anders Lindegaard. After reviewing their options, Beşiktaş returned to trying to acquire Valdes.
The Beşiktaş manager’s scepticism is well founded given the Spanish keepers term at Manchester United as he hasn’t made the impression that most thought he would, being Barcelona’s top keeper for the previous 12 seasons.
United gave the 33 year old a chance, once he’d recovered from a knee injury, and signed him up to an 18 month contract in January this year. Since then he’s made 2 appearances for United, conceding once and keeping a clean sheet.
Valdes was left out of the Red Devils squad taken on a pre-season tour of the United States. Louis van Gaal revealed that he no longer wanted the keeper in his squad following an incident where he refused to play for the reserves to gain match fitness.
Victor Valdes should relish the challenge laid before him, being 33 he hasn’t got too long left to add to his impressive silverware cabinet.