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Arsenal & City keeper target linked with Dortmund

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Borussia Dortmund are the latest club to be linked with a move for Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

German newspaper Bild cite reports in Spain when claiming that officials from last season’s Champions League finalists have made contact with the player, and that Casillas is eager to leave Real Madrid sooner rather than later.

The stopper fell out of favour at the Santiago Bernabeu under Jose Mourinho last season, and has been unable to win back his first-team place from Diego Lopez despite 'the special one's' exit and the arrival of Carlos Ancelotti.

It led to summer speculation over a move away from La Liga, with both the Gunners and Citizens among the clubs eager to lure the player away from Spain.

Speculation in The Daily Mail in August claimed Arsene Wenger was considering a bid for the player in an effort to appease the club's fans, with £15million said to be enough to bring the player to the Emirates Stadium.

A move failed to materialise, but Arsenal hardly solved their problems between the sticks with the arrival of Emilian Viviano on loan.

The Italian is not expected to replace Wojciech Szczesny as the Gunners' number one stopper, and if inconsistency continues to plague the Pole, then few available players can compare to Casillas.

His consistency between the sticks is likely to be one of the factors that have interested Manchester City, with current first choice Joe Hart in the spotlight after a number of high-profile errors.

Reports in The Sun at the weekend suggested the Citizens should continue to keep an eye on the player, and that Manuel Pellegrini has a great relationship with the player following his time managing in the Spanish capital.

The club would now have a battle with Dortmund to bring the player to the Etihad Stadium, but there is likely to be plenty of options on the 32-year-old's table when the transfer window reopens in January.

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