In Focus: Man City in shock move for ex-Barcelona goalkeeper

According to ESPN, Pep Guardiola is set to make a shock move for Middlesbrough stopper Victor Valdes.

What’s the Word?

In what would be a truly surprising move, reports are suggesting that Pep Guardiola is keen to reunite with former Barcelona ‘keeper Victor Valdes, who has been relegated with Middlesbrough this season.

It is safe to say that Valdes has not had the most illustrious career since leaving Barcelona in 2014. The 35-year-old hardly featured in a two year spell at Manchester United and spent some time on loan in Belgium before his move to Boro last summer.

How good has Valdes been this season?

While it hasn’t been a pleasant season at the Riverside, Victor Valdes hasn’t been a key reason as to why Boro have been sentenced to another season in the Championship.

In fact, the Spaniard has looked a much more assured choice in goal than Brad Guzan, who has made a number of high profile errors. It is simply a shame that Valdes’ stock has sunk to a career low.

Is Valdes a good fit for City?

The goalkeeping position at the Etihad has been the subject of much discussion this season. While Willy Caballero has produced decent deisplays, Claudio Bravo has simply not been good enough and is often quite rightly the scapegoat for many of the goals conceded by City this season.

While many fans in the blue half of Manchester would be happy to see Joe Hart back in goal next season, it seems unlikely that Guardiola would agree.

While Valdes is a wholly unfashionable choice at the present moment, his previous relationship with Guardiola, combined with his ability to pull a stunning save out of top draw, may just earn him a dream move to City this summer.