Manchester United are close to reaching an agreement with Turkish club Besiktas over the transfer of goalkeeper Victor Valdes. Louis van Gaal has deemed him surplus to requirements at Old Trafford.
According to Spanish publication Sport, the Turks have come to an agreement with the player, who has been asked to find a new club by the Dutch manager after he reportedly refused to feature for the United reserves.
Apart from Besiktas, Turkish rivals Fenerbahce and Galatasaray were also said to be interested in signing the stopper, but the report claims that the former have won the race for his signature, with the club agreeing a two-year deal with the Spanish international with an option of a third year.
Valdes, who was a free agent after leaving Barcelona last summer, was signed by Van Gaal during the January transfer window following a short training period with United. The Spanish 'keeper made his debut for the first-team against Arsenal, which was the Red Devils' penultimate game of the season and made his first start in their final game of the campaign against Hull City.
However, he has since failed to feature in any of United's games, and was even dropped for their pre-season tour of the United States. It was where the former Bayern Munich manager revealed that the player had refused to play for the Red Devils' U21 side and thus will be allowed to leave this summer.
"Valdes is not selected [for the tour] because he doesn't follow my philosophy. The philosophy is how you play football and how you maintain your match rhythm," said Van Gaal, as quoted by Goal.
"He refused last year to play in the second team. There are a lot of other aspects in the philosophy how you have to play like a goalkeeper at Manchester United. When you are not willing [to apply] the principles of that philosophy there is only one way, and that is out," he added.
Meanwhile, David de Gea continues to be overlooked by the United manager and has been once again left out of the squad for the 20-time English champions' Champions League qualification clash against Club Brugge. Van Gaal has made it clear that he will revisit his role in the team only after the close of the ongoing transfer window.