Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool are lining up a deadline day swoop for free agent Victor Valdes, reports the Express. The former Barcelona ‘keeper could be brought into the Anfield squad, casting doubt over Simon Mignolet’s future as the first choice between the goalposts for the Reds.
Valdes is a free agent this summer having left Barcelona after a trophy-laden spell. The shot-stopper is still nursing a cruciate ligament injury, however, meaning that he concluded his time at the Nou Camp on the sidelines. A product of the Barcelona academy, the player has won the La Liga title 6 times, the Copa del Rey twice, and the Champions’ League on three occasions.
It is believed that Liverpool are most interested in Valdes for his experience in the European Cup. The goalkeeper was part of one of the most successful teams in club football history at Barcelona, and will be able to pass on into the Liverpool dressing room an effective winning mentality.
Should Liverpool sign the player, however, he will not be available for selection until at least November. At 32 years old, his signing will also not represent an investment for the long-term future at the club. Mignolet is expected to maintain his starting position, but should Valdes arrive then the two could end up sharing the goalkeeping duties for the Reds. In the event that an arrangement such as that can be finalised, the Belgian shot-stopper could become frustrated with his decreased involvement.