Arsenal target Victor Valdes to stay at Barcelona

Arsenal’s summer transfer plans have already been dealt a blow, after it was revealed that target, FC Barcelona goalkeeper, Victor Valdes is unlikely to be sold this summer.

Valdes has publically declared his intentions to leave the Camp Nou after making just shy of 600 appearances for the team over the last decade, and he has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League after speaking to Four Four Two about his admiration of English football.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s search for a new goalkeeper is well publicised after neither Wojciech Szcz?sny nor Lukasz Fabianski have managed to secure the number one jersey at the Emirates for themselves.

It was believed that Barcelona would be willing to sell Valdes this summer as opposed to risking losing him for nothing next year, however, Barcelona vice-president, Josep Maria Bartomeu has stated that it would be beneficial from a football perspective to keep him.

Bartomeu said: ‘[President Sandro] Rosell has had contact with Valdes to make it clear that we have to leave the doors open [on him changing his mind].

‘As we prioritise sporting aspects, we prefer to run out the contract until June 2014 rather than sell him this summer.

‘We have no deadline in Valdes’ case, one option is to run to the end of his contract and in that case we will not sign a goalkeeper [this summer].’

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