Michel Vorm doesn’t expect to be heading to Barcelona in the summer.
It looks increasingly likely that the Spanish giants will be in the market for a new goalkeeper when the window reopens, after Victor Valdes turned down the offer of a new contract. The Spaniard, who has spent his entire professional career in Catalonia, will be down to the final 12 months of his current deal in the summer, and is thought to be eyeing a move to the Premier League.
A number of potential replacements have already been linked with the Camp Nou club, including Vorm. The 29-year-old Holland international was largely unknown in England when he joined Swansea City upon their promotion to the top-flight in the summer of 2011, but he has gone on to establish himself as one of the most reliable shot-stoppers in the county.
The former Utrecht man has been spotted in Barcelona, which has naturally fuelled more speculation that he is set to link up with Lionel Messi and co ahead of next season. However, whilst he admits the La Liga leaders will look for a replacement should Valdes leave, he insists he has not been contacted by them regarding a potential move during the summer window.
“No, I was not in Barcelona to sign a deal,” Vorm told Voetbal International in his homeland. “No-one of that club contacted my agent Wessel Weezenberg. However, I expect something will happen there for the goalkeeping position. If Valdes will leave, Barcelona have to adapt.”
Two other Premier League goalkeepers have also been touted as potential successors to Valdes, both of whom are Spanish. David De Gea, of Manchester United, has been in fine form this season, and Liverpool’s Pepe Reina is also said to have been added to the shortlist of targets.