Liverpool are close to signing former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes on a free transfer. The 32 year old has been linked to Liverpool in recent weeks, and according to various reports, a deal is said to be close.
The Spanish international already had a pre contract agreement with Monaco before his anterior knee ligament injury put paid to the deal from happening.
This report has come to light against the backdrop of Simon Mignolet’s indifferent form since the season started. The Belgian who arrived from Sunderland last summer for £13 million seem to be facing a second season syndrome at Anfield which has seen him faced several criticism for his performances to date. His inability to be certain in making decisions within his penalty area has equally affected the defence in the early parts of the season.
With no adequate back up that can make the Belgian to up his game, following the permanent sale of Pepe Reina to Bayern Munich, Victor Valdes is being mooted as the man to give Simon Mignolet the kick up the back side to improve his game. Brad Jones seem not to have the trust of Brendan Rodgers as Simon Mignolet was still in goal against Middleborough in the Capital One Cup last month.
With no real competition for the goalkeeping position at Anfield, the Belgian seem to have gone distinctly cold in his ability to stay consistent. While others are of the view that the Belgian is finding it difficult to maintain the standard required in playing for a club the size of Liverpool, and he is having difficulty coping with the pressure. Whether that has anything to do with his inability to come out for crosses or be more stable in his decision making ability is unclear.
He is clearly not the same goalkeeper who started his Anfield career with a saved penalty kick against Stoke City in the opening match of last season., he seem to be having a crisis of confidence at the moment.
However, with Victor Valdes in the frame, things could change, but the former Barcelona goalkeeper is still a long way off from attaining full fitness. And the Liverpool heirarchy would be weary to bring in a player that is not yet fit. What it means is that, he still has to prove his fitness that he is up to the task of playing in the rough and tumble of the Premier League.
It is one to watch closely though as the report of a deal is not going away.