Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is reportedly considering a bid for Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes after Wojciech Szczesny conceded six goals against Chelsea this weekend – just a month after being beaten five times at Liverpool.
The Polish keeper was particularly culpable for two of Chelsea's goals at Stamford Bridge. He did not even dive when Andre Schurrle scored the second and allowed Oscar's shot to slither under his body for the fifth goal.
With Valdes' contract at Barcelona due to expire at the end of the season, The Sun reports that Wenger is poised to make a summer swoop for the Spanish international.
The 32-year-old Valdes has been a key factor in Barcelona's dominance in recent seasons but he recently confirmed that he wants to move away in search of a fresh experience abroad.
But if Wenger does wish to sign Valdes next summer, he will face major competition from big spenders Monaco, Manchester City and Liverpool.
The Ligue 1 side were leading the race to secure Valdes' services last January, with some reports suggesting the goalkeeper had already agreed terms in principle to move to the principality.
However, earlier last week prestigious French newspaper L'equipe claimed that Valdes will in fact join Manchester City at the end of the season, with the Premier League giants expected to pay a small compensation fee to Monaco to break their agreement with the goalkeeper.
Reports in Spain also claimed that Brendan Rodgers is closely monitoring the situation, as he was very interested in his signing last summer before instead opting to sign Simon Mignolet.
Meanwhile, Valdes recently fuelled speculation about a move to the Premier League by praising English football.
"I've always identified with your [English] football, the way the supporters live the game and the respect they show the players," Valdes admitted.
"It is one of the biggest leagues in the world, with the best clubs in the world and, without a doubt it's a very good option for me."