Antalyaspor president Gültekin Gencer has confirmed that the club did hold talks with Manchester United over the transfer of Victor Valdes as well as his agent.
Gencer was quoted by IHA as saying: “We met with Valdes, we held talks with his club and agent but the deal stalled due to details being leaked to the media.”
Antalyaspor were promoted to top-tier football at the end of last season but have embarked on an ambitious transfer policy. The Scorpions recently completed the transfer of Samuel Eto’o to the club.
United boss Louis van Gaal has confirmed that Valdes will be leaving Old Trafford this season.
Van Gaal was speaking during a press-conference where United’s new transfer Bastian Schweinsteiger was unveiled when he stated: “He [Valdes] is not selected because he don’t follow our philosophy. There is no place for that one player.
“Last year he refused to play with the second team.”
“When you are not willing to follow the principles of the philosophy there is only one way – out.”
Vades joined United on a free transfer in January as he recovered from a cruciate knee ligament injury suffered towards the end of his Barcelona career. The Spain international has only made two appearances for the Red Devils.
The Spanish international has won almost everything there is to win in club and international football including the La Liga, Champions League, World Cup and European Championship.
Valdes has yet to find a new club but is almost certain to leave United over the summer following Van Gaal’s comments.
Portuguese newspaper A Bola has also linked Süper Lig champions Galatasaray with a move for the former Barcelona man.