David de Gea to Real Madrid: Manchester United see Victor Valdes as replacement - not back-up

De Gea has been hugely impressive this term

Manchester United have brought Victor Valdes to the club with a view to the veteran replacing David de Gea, according to reports.

The former Barcelona goalkeeper has been training with the Red Devils after taking up an offer from Louis van Gaal. The 32-year-old is a free-agent having run down his contract at the Nou Camp, but is yet to commit to a new club due to a serious knee injury suffered at the end of his time with Barcelona.

With Valdes returning to fitness, it's expected he will sign a contract with Manchester United, despite overtures from a number of the world's biggest sides, including Liverpool.

However, rather than back-up for current number one De Gea, reports in Spain suggest Valdes is being seen as his replacement.

Victor Valdes


De Gea has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid who are seeking a replacement for Iker Casillas. The current lead goalkeeper at the Bernabeu has been in and out of the side over the last couple of years and there are ongoing questions regarding his long-term ability to hold down the number one jersey.


A switch to Real Madrid would see De Gea return to the Spanish capital having arrived at Old Trafford from Atletico Madrid.

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De Gea's current contract expires at the end of next season, putting United in a position where he must either be sold or tied to a new deal if they want to avoid losing the hugely talented 24-year-old for nothing.