Barcelona have agreed to sell Valdes in the summer for the right asking price which is thought to be around £10 million. But Arsenal have a strict wage policy and his wages are £120,000-a-week which could pose a problem. Arsenal have lacked an experienced goalkeeper since Jens Lehmann left the Emirates Stadium and Valdes would be an ideal replacement.
The talented shot stopper has been at Barcelona for 23 years and recently refused to sign a new contract with the Catalan club and he has just over a year left his current one. He is desiring a move to England to play in the Premier League, keen to ‘experience a different culture’ according to the Daily Mail.
Arsenal have been looking at a few goalkeepers over the last year and tried to sign Pepe Reina last summer but failed. They are in the market for a goalkeeper who has more experience and they believe that Valdes can bring a winning mentality to the team as well as providing Szczesny someone to learn from in a mentor-like role.
Barcelona are targeting Liverpool’s Reina as a replacement for Valdes and the Reds are rumoured to be looking at Wigan Athletic’s Ali Al-Habsi to replace Reina.