Arsenal in for Barcelona stopper

valdes.jpgArsenal boss Arsene Wenger rarely surprises us here at Football Transfer Tavern but a move for Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes would raise a few eyebrows.

The Sun are reporting that Wenger is keen to sign the 31-year-old in the summer to replace the unreliable Wojciech Szczesny who has allowed mistakes to creep into his game this season.

Arsenal’s goalkeeping position has been under intense scrutiny since Jens Lehmann left in 2008 and some would say they haven’t had a world class stopper since David Seaman all those years ago.

Wenger is under pressure to provide a trophy to Arsenal’s barren trophy cabinet and the fans are starting to become restless at the poor performances and decision making both on and off the field.

A defeat at home to Championship side Blackburn Rovers on Saturday only emphasised the morale at the Emirates at present and it is not ideal timing with Bavarian giants Bayern Munich rolling into town this week.

Valdes has been a regular in the Barcelona side for many years now but has failed to gain much international recognition with Iker Casillas and Pepe Reina both ahead of him in the pecking order with a number of youngsters now showing promise too.

A change of scenery is what is needed for Valdes and a move to the Premier League could be the perfect scenario for the £10 million rated goalkeeper.

Will Arsenal pull off a surprise summer swoop for Valdes or will it prove yet another case of Barca not playing ball? Rate this rumour below.

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