Manchester City Target Manchester United Flop In Shock Transfer Move

According to ESPN FC, Manchester City are keen on ex-Barcelona and Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes and will target him as one of their transfer priorities during the summer. Valdes worked with City boss Pep Guardiola for four years at the Catalan club, where the pair won up to 14 titles together.

The report says that sources close to the club have confirmed City are in the market for a new keeper, with Willy Caballero yet to be offered a new contract and Joe Hart set for a permanent exit. Claudio Bravo, who is their current starter, also has his future up in the air as the Chilean has been largely criticized for his shaky performances this season.

Valdes, meanwhile, is set to leave Middlesbrough following their relegation from the Premier League on Monday. The 35-year-old has made 28 appearances this season, with eight clean sheets. Although he still has a year left in his contract, it is unlikely that the North-East club can afford his wages when they are in the Championship next season.

The former Spanish international has been linked with City for a while due to his relationship with Guardiola, and his playing style which the manager enjoys. Guardiola has made it clear that he wants a keeper that is comfortable with the ball at his feet, and with Valdes knowing his philosophy inside out, the club chiefs have identified him as a top transfer target. The keeper also has a valuable experience playing in the league this season, something Bravo lacked when he moved from Barcelona last summer.