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Iker Casillas: Potential January transfer destinations

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Having recently admitted that he could walk out on his boyhood club in January, Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas should consider his options if he continues to live in the shadow of current first-choice goalkeeper Diego Lopez.

The 151-capped Spain international has struggled to reclaim his first-team place under Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti since being exiled by Jose Mourinho for the majority of last season.

Lopez, previously Casillas' understudy, has capitalised on his extended absence and is yet to show any sign of losing grip on his role between the sticks at the Santiago Bernabeu.

In consequence, a host of English and European clubs have expressed a desire to reel in the established Spaniard, so we take a look at the possible avenues Casillas could use to escape his Real Madrid nightmare.

Arsenal

Wojciech Szczesny is a reliable presence between the sticks for Arséne Wenger, but at 23-years-old he's nowhere near the finished article.

Already the best 'keeper at the Emirates, the Poland international could benefit from hanging around a top-class mentor in Casillas every day at training.

It would certainly be another step towards the Gunners rebuilding a side capable of contending for the title, but a doubt remains whether Wenger and his board will be willing to open up the chequebook again following the record-signing of Mesut Özil.

Manchester City

Similar to Szczesny in north London, England goalkeeper Joe Hart could use a senior figure like the Real Madrid stopper to help stamp out his frequent mistakes.

Romanian Costel Pantilimon, another young goalkeeper on the books at the Etihad, is the only back-up option the Citizens have in goal for the time being and would relish the experience gained by learning under Casillas.

There's no question City have the financial capacity to fund a move, but Manuel Pellegrini will have to be careful how he rotates his goalkeeping personnel if Casillas does sign for the Sky Blues.

Manchester United

David de Gea is arguably the weakest link in David Moyes' squad and with few other options to cover for his recurring blunders, the Old Trafford boss may prioritise signing a new goalkeeper this January.

At 32, Casillas could contribute a solid three or four seasons towards shaping his young compatriot into a more solid custodian before De Gea is ready to make the number one slot his own.

Moyes' transfer acumen showed worrying signs of hesitancy last summer, but capturing the Real Madrid man would be a real coup for the former Everton manager.

Chelsea

On-loan Atlético Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has impressed his temporary employers to the extent of them wanting to sign the young Belgian on a permanent deal.

You would imagine Chelsea wouldn't have a bar of that come the end of his loan spell, but if the La Liga outfit do squeeze an agreement out of the west London club, Jose Mourinho will need to find a substitute for Petr Cech quick smart.

Stamford Bridge looks an unlikely move for Casillas, but either way Atléti will be hunting for a goalkeeper if Courtois rejoins the Blues – but surely they wouldn't be interested in the Real Madrid captain...

Do you think Casillas will stay at Real Madrid? If not, where will he go? Leave a comment below.


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