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Barcelona continue shock pursuit of Arsenal keeper target

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Barcelona are once again being linked with a sensational move for Arsenal goalkeeper target Iker Casillas.

Le 10 Sport cite reports in Spain which claim the Blaugrana are looking to use El Clasico to their advantage, after the 32-year-old sat on the bench for the crunch clash between the La Liga giants.

Casillas has been amongst the substitutes for some time at the Santiago Bernabeu, with former manager Jose Mourinho and current boss Carlo Ancelotti both favouring Diego Lopez.

Barcelona will have a space to fill in goal next season, with current number one Victor Valdes set to leave the Nou Camp at the end of his contract in the summer.

A Casillas move from Los Blancos to Catalonia would be hugely controversial in Spain, but the 151-cap international is no longer an automatic for his country and will want to stake his claim to keep the spot for La Roja.

Arsenal were touted as a potential place for Casillas to play first team football, with Arsene Wenger heavily linked with a move during the summer transfer window.

But, after missing out on the player, the Gunners drafted in Emiliano Viviano to provide competition for Wojciech Szczesny at the Emirates Stadium.

Le 10 Sport claims Arsenal remain amongst the contenders to sign Casillas however, and it would be difficult to turn down the chance to bring the player to the Premier League if it arose for Wenger.

The Gunners will face strong competition for the player if they do pursue the signature, and speculation will only intensify if he fails to get back in the Madrid side.

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