For most Premier League sides, having a three-time Champions League winner between the sticks would be verging upon wet dream territory. But for the Blues, snapping up Barcelona’s bosman-bound goalie Victor Valdes this summer would be an absolute nightmare.
It’s not a question of the Spain international’s ability – although Valdes’ actual quality is open to debate considering his status as the Catalans’ No.1 has never been challenged over the last decade. And how much goalkeeping is actually required when the ten men in front of you never lose the ball?
Rather, Valdes’ arrival would effectively announce that the West Londoners are throwing on the scrapheap the two already world-class goalkeepers in their ranks.
Petr Cech is now by far the most experienced No.1 in the Premier League’s top six, and has always been regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in world football.
But perhaps even more terrifying, Valdes’ appearance at Stamford Bridge would also spell the end of Thibaut Courtois’ Chelsea career. The Belgium international has established himself as one of Europe’s top goalies during a three-year loan spell at Atletico Madrid, and at just 21 years of age is obviously an incredible prospect.
The intertwined fates of Courtois and Cech is already a controversial subject for most Blues fans, through fear that at least one will have to leave Chelsea this summer for the sake of the other, so for Valdes to be thrown into this goalkeeping love triangle would be truly mortifying.