Arsenal and Man City interested in Real Madrid's Casillas
It has been no secret that Arsenal have been on the lookout for a world class keeper for some time. Despite the continued faith that Arsene Wenger has extended to Wojciech Szczesny, the Gunners truly could still make an upgrade.
Likewise Manchester City after having placed the greatest faith in Joe Hart for the better part of the last five years, now look to be in need of a change of face between the sticks with Costel Pantilimon not expected to be the long term solution despite the growth that the Romanian has shown.
Reports from Spanish paper El Confidencial claim that Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas could be available this coming summer with both of the two Premier League sides believed to be looking to make major moves for the Spanish International.
However, with the World Cup only seven months away, Casillas could be looking to make a move much sooner if his career with Madrid is truly coming to its close despite the players comments mentioned below.
In a promotional event this Thursday, Casillas himself made it clear that he was not happy and that without first team action he would be left greatly disheartened:
"I love Real Madrid, but I have to see if I’m playing or not. If you ask me how I feel about not playing, I’d say that I’m sad."
Casillas's agent made comments that the 32-year-old is considering his options away from Madrid, despite his love and loyalty to the club, if a move will help him regain a first team place and help the club move forward.
“The keeper is looking over his situation. He has ruled out an immediate exit in the winter window, something he did think about last summer, when he first realised that nothing had changed and the bench would be his habitat every weekend."
The Spaniard's agent continued with the news that his client well and truly could be headed to the open market this coming summer:
"It’s not enough to be back-up for Diego Lopez in La Liga. He doesn’t feel comfortable, and knows that an irregular amount of importance is given to any gesture he makes [while sat on the bench], and now he’s considering the possibility of listening to one of the different proposals he has for next season.
He wants to helps his team, his club, as the Madrid supporter he is, and one of those ways could be to start thinking about his future away from the side.”
Arsenal, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germaine are all believed to be potential suitors for the Madrid star but there will be likely not decision made until following the World Cup, that is if Casillas does not get forced out of his place with the National Team due to a lack of domestic playing time.