There’s some worried looking Manchester City supporters in the Football Transfer Tavern today.
Defeat to Sunderland yesterday left the Citizens in eighth place, behind rivals United and still six points off league leaders Arsenal.
Today’s Daily Star suggests that Manuel Pellegrini could sign Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes as he looks for a Joe Hart replacement at the Etihad Stadium.
Back up keeper Costel Pantilimon started his first consecutive run of games by appearing from the off at the Stadium of Light after Pellegrini grew tired of Hart’s poor form.
However the Romanian is still considered a short-term option as Pellegrini searches Europe for a replacement with Valdes moving to the top of his list.
The 31-year-old Spanish stopper, who is set to end his highly distinguished spell at the Camp Nou in the summer, is being lined up the new City boss. Although he may face competition from big spending Monaco for the Spanish international, who would be available on a free transfer.
Other names in the frame include QPR’s veteran Brazilian shot stopper Julio Cesar and Malaga’s Willy Caballero, who worked under Pellegrini with his former La Liga club.
It’s concerning news for England with a World Cup on the horizon as Roy Hodgson continues to play him as the first choice national keeper.
The 26-year-old was once highly regarded by all in the tavern but his form has nose dived over the last 18 months, culminating with his dropping earlier last month by City.
Should City give Hart another chance or would Valdes be a suitable alternative? Let us know your thoughts below.
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