Posted on Sunday, 17th February 2013 by Red Gun
The 31-year-old shot-stopper is set to leave the Camp Nou in the summer after the La Liga club agreed to end his contract a year early, providing they can get £10 million for him.
Valdes, who has been with Barca since 1995, has stated that he is not going to renew his contract as the Spaniard wants to experience ‘other cultures’, with England thought to be his preferred location.
Arsene Wenger has, in the past, tried to bring in another goalkeeper to challenge Wojciech Szczesny for the number one spot as Vito Mannone and Lukasz Fabianski have failed to do so. And with Szczesny the only keeper on the books that the fans feel comfortable with, Wenger would be wise to bolster this department.
I believe he would be an astute signing for us. Firstly, he would only cost us £10 million, an amount which wouldn’t make Wenger exactly faint. Secondly, he bags a wealth full of experience and has good reflexes and commands his area well. And thirdly, Valdes has a winning mentality, having won countless amounts of trophies with Barcelona.
However, should The Gunners be interested in acquiring Valdes they will have to be willing to match his £120,000-a-week wages he currently receives at Barcelona, and for that reason alone, I just can’t see this rumour developing into anything concrete.
Valdes for £10 million – yes or no?
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