The Manchester United fans in the Transfer Tavern have had an awful lot to endure over the past few seasons, though the day a certain Spanish ‘keeper looks set to leave for La Liga is perhaps one they’ve been dreading the most.
Well, it’s not all bad for our raucous Red Devils I suppose. Though there were a few nerves when the notion was vaguely floated to them earlier.
Victor Valdes is set to end his Manchester United nightmare and join La Liga outfit Espanyol, according to Spanish daily AS (via the Daily Express.)
The Spaniard was a stalwart of the hugely successful Barcelona sides under Pep Guardiola, though a serious knee injury has wrecked his career.
A move to AS Monaco fell through due to his injury and he moved to Old Trafford in January 2015, though things have not gone to plan ever since.
Having fallen out with manager Louis van Gaal, the World Cup winner was left out of the club’s squads for both the Premier League and Champions League.
He was farmed out on loan to Belgian side Standard Liege, though that was cut short recently and he looked to be returning to his nightmare at the Theatre of Dreams.
However, it is now claimed Espanyol could offer the former La Roja custodian a way out and bring him back to La Liga as soon as possible.
Cheng Yansheng, the club’s new owner, is believed to be keen on bringing the 32-year old stopper to his new project at the Estadi Cornellà-El Prat.
With David De Gea having signed a new deal, the decision to let Valdes go may well indicate the club are confident in keeping the former once again this summer.
Has Valdes been treated too harshly by van Gaal? Should they keep him on as a contingency plan?