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Spanish Ace Agrees To Join Arsenal After Talks With Arsene Wenger
Some interesting reports have been circulating today suggesting that Iker Casillas has agreed to join Arsenal from Real Madrid this summer.
The Spanish international has previously been linked with a move to Arsenal after a difficult couple of years which saw him lose his first team place. He’s now back in favour under Carlo Ancelotti but his long-term future at the Bernabeu is one again in doubt.
Spanish outlet La Sexta are claiming that Madrid want to bring in Man Utd’s David De Gea this summer and have struck an agreement to buy Casillas out of the final two years of his contract.
This would allow the Madrid legend to leave the club on a free transfer and La Sexta state that he’s already held talks with Arsene Wenger and agreed to join Arsenal at the end of the season.
The British media are also running with the story as the Express are reporting very similar details, but they suggest that in order for the move to happen Casillas has agreed to forgo a sizeable pay-off from the European champions.
It’s difficult to know what to make of all these reports but you wouldn’t be surprised at all if Madrid are looking to sign De Gea and for that to happen, Casillas is going to have to leave.
If Madrid are willing to pay-up his contract and he’s available on a free transfer, then no doubt Arsene Wenger will be interested.
The boss is expected to be in the market for an experienced keeper to replace Szczesny after axing the Polish international back in January, and there aren’t many more experienced than Casillas.
The 33-year-old was widely regarded as the best keeper in the world up until two years ago but a lack of confidence has affected his form. If we could get him feeling good about himself and motivated again, he could be a superb signing.
My personal preference would still be Petr Cech but I have my doubts over whether Chelsea would do business with us – despite claims they will let the Czech international choose his next club – so Casillas would be an excellent alternative.