Reports making waves in the British media is that Manchester United cast-sway goalkeeper Victor Valdés could get an exit out of Old Trafford – albeit temporarily – with Newcastle United believed to be closing in on an emergency loan move for the Spanish shot-stopper.
Newcastle have three senior goalkeepers – including first-choice Tim Krul – injured, and the Premier League rule allows for them to sign a player outside of the regular transfer window.
The Chronicle [per the Metro] states the Magpies are awaiting permission from the Premier League to finalise this deal, in what appears a good move for all parties involved, Valdés particularly. For United, it would mean getting rid of an unwanted player, and for the Spanish goalie, playing time is guaranteed and for Newcastle, Valdes will help solve their goalkeeping injury crisis.
Valdes, 33, was offered a contract by Man United in January, having completed his rehabilitation from a knee injury at the Old Trafford training complex. Valdes signed for United on an 18-month deal with an option of a further year, as a back up for David de Gea.
The 33-year old former Barcelona icon has been on the periphery at Old Trafford, having fallen out with United boss Louis van Gaal due to the goalkeeper’s refusal to train with the club’s Under-21 – something the Dutchman asserted is part of the club’s philosophy.
But the fall-out with van Gaal means he did not travel with the United squad for their pre-season tour of the United States, and subsequently has not featured for the Red Devils so far this term.
Earlier this month, Valdes’ agent Gines Carvajal also confirmed his client wants to leave Old Trafford.
“We are relying on Manchester United letting Victor go,” Carvajal told Evening Standard.
“The Premier League is very attractive and Valdes wants to stay because he has adapted perfectly to England, but we are not closing the door to any options.
“There are still two months until the transfer window opens, and there is nothing concrete, but the intention is to leave Manchester United.”
Valdés enjoyed a trophy-laden career at the Nou Camp, winning three Champions League, six La Ligas, two Copa del Reys, six Spanish Super Cups, two FIFA Club World Cups and two UEFA Super Cups.