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According to the papers, United have doubled their contingent of Spanish goalkeepers.

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Manchester United have signed former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdés to a two-year contract, according to the Daily Mail. The Spaniard, who had been due to join Monaco, suffered a serious knee injury towards the end of last season and has spent the last two months working on his fitness at Carrington, at Louis van Gaal's invitation. Now, it appears, he's ready to join United full-time.

While Valdés will presumably spend the rest of the season as understudy to David de Gea, the deal will inevitably raise the spectre of United's first-choice goalkeeper departing over the summer. De Gea has yet to sign a new contract at Old Trafford and, with just two years left on his current deal, any transfer fee would begin to depreciate from the beginning of next season.

Either way, Valdés will provide stiffer competition for De Gea than any of United's other options. And on that theme, the paper also claims that Anders Lindegaard will be returning to Scandinavia, possibly with Molde. Ben Amos, meanwhile, will be allowed to leave should another club make an offer. All change in the United nets.

Update: DDG's contract actually expires, at least according to Oliver Kay of the Times, in June 2016. Since this Valdés deal is likely to be an 18-month one, whatever the Mail says, that puts both contracts as ending at the same time. Which is ... well, something.