Manchester City are hoping to hit their city rivals United below the belt by signing Victor Valdes, according to the Daily Mail.
The former Barcelona stopper endured a miserable time at Old Trafford, making just two first-team appearances, and was eventually shipped out on loan to Standard Liege before being released this summer.
However, new City manager Pep Guardiola – who worked with Valdes at the Nou Camp – is thought to be interested in bringing him back to the North West.
The pair won Champions League and La Liga titles together with the Catalan giants and are known to be friends. Despite turning 34, Valdes would be seen as an ideal back-up for No 1, Joe Hart.
Hart’s current understudy, Willy Caballero, was signed by previous manager Manuel Pellegrini. And while City have made no plans to lose him, it would be no surprise to see the Argentine team up with his old boss once more should Pellegrini find a new club.
Caballero, 34, is also thought to be attracting interest from clubs in Spain.
City currently have a vacancy in the goalkeeping department after long-serving third-choice Richard Wright was released at the end of the season.
The Englishman was at the club for four years without making an appearance and is now a free agent.
Valdes, signed by United as he recovered from a serious knee injury, suffered a public falling out with then manager Louis van Gaal.
The Dutchman accused the Spain international of refusing to play for the Under 21 side – a claim Valdes countered by posting a montage of pictures on Twitter, illustrating how many reserve level games he had appeared in.