Last Updated: Thu, 04 Apr 2013 08:45
Arsenal's hopes of signing Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes have been boosted by his admission he would relish a move to England.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is thought to be looking to bring in an experienced custodian during the summer transfer window, with current duo Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski set to be utilised as cover for the new man.
And 31-year-old Valdes, who has confirmed he will leave the Nou Camp when his current contract expires in summer 2014, would certainly fit the bill for the French tactician.
Barca are thought to be ready to offload Valdes this summer in order to avoid losing him on a Bosman free transfer, while they will reportedly command a fee of around £10million for the Spain international.
Valdes has paved the way open for a move to England by expressing his admiration for the Premier League and English fans, while confirming his desire to try 'new challenges'.
Speaking to FourFourTwo, Valdes said: "I like the Premier League, of course.
"They shoot a lot - 'shoot on goal' - that's what you say in English, no? I like the respect of the crowd towards footballers in England.
"It's a different way of living football. They clap a simple tackle in England, we're not used to that. I like it."
He added: "I want to try new cultures, new football, new challenges.
"I've had great times here, I love it at Barcelona. I will always come back here, but I have this wonderful job which allows me to travel. And I want to travel."
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