The Times: Manchester United tracking Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes to replace De Gea

As if the constant criticism from Gary Neville since his alleged mistake at Spurs wasn’t enough, the back page of The Times on Tuesday suggests Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is tracking Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes to replace David De Gea.

James Ducker in The Times writes that United are “monitoring” Valdes and “have been scouting replacements for around two months amid growing concerns that the Spain Under-23 goalkeeper’s suitability for the Barclays Premier League.”

The article adds that Manchester United are very unlikely to move for a replacement for De Gea during the January transfer window but do suggest a swap deal with Barcelona in the summer.

Victor Valdes announced last week that he would not be signing a new deal at the Nou Camp, leaving just 18 months on his current Barcelona deal.

Other goalkeepers linked with Manchester United in the piece include Liverpool’s Pepe Reina and Stoke City custodian Asmir Begovic.

As has been widely mentioned over the past day or so, The Times also add that Manchester United are “on the verge of finalising a move” for Crystal Palace starlet Wilfried Zaha.

The Times back page on Tuesday is below. Via Nick Sutton.