Javier De Paz
French newspaper L’Équipe has reported that goalkeeper Víctor Valdés, whose Barcelona contract runs out on 30 June, will not sign for AS Monaco.
The sports daily claims that, despite signing a pre-contract with Valdés months ago, a combination of the player's serious knee injury and the good form of Danijel Subasic has persuaded bosses at the principality outfit to opt against the move. L’Équipe adds that Monaco will look for a keeper of a lower standing to compete with Subasic.
Monaco had indicated that they would respect their deal with Valdés despite his injury, but with the Spain international failing to complete the relevant medical tests, the Ligue 1 side have moved to pull the plug on the transfer. “Monaco have decided not to ratify the arrival of Valdés from Barcelona, despite his pre-contract,” explains L’Équipe.
With a move to Monaco no longer an option, it is thought that Valdés could now end up in the Premier League, where he is not short of suitors. Manchester City, whose director of football is former Barça player and director Txiki Begiristain, could be his destination.