Arsenal have seen the door opened for them sign Real Madrid star Iker Casillas next summer, after the player came to an agreement with his current club which will allow him to leave on a free in 2015.
The long-serving Spanish stopper endured an indifferent season as a backup for Carlo Ancelotti last season, and his stock is currently at an all-time low following his disastrous performances in the World Cup. However it’s believed that Florentino Perez is reluctant to see him leave the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, and Spanish publication AS has claimed that the Madrid president has struck a bargain with Casillas in order to retain his services for another year.
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It’s said there’s now an agreement in place which will see the 33-year-old remain on the books with his boyhood club until 2015, though he will then effectively be allowed to leave for nothing, despite the fact his current contract runs until 2017. News of the agreement will undoubtedly be of interest to Arsene Wenger, who is said to be looking for an experienced man between the sticks to provide competition for current No.1 Wojciech Szczesny, and Paris Saint-Germain are likely to be in the equation as well.
Given his erratic form over the course of the last year there remains question marks over whether or not Casillas remains capable of performing at the highest level. The Madrid legend has proven over the years that he is almost unbeatable on his day, but a severe lack of confidence seems to have overshadowed his recent outings and as such errors are frequently creeping into his game. Fans should be confident of him regaining his form should he be restored to being first-choice, but it remains to be seen whether or not Ancelotti will stick with his mantra of only fielding him in cup competitions in favour of Diego Lopez.
If the rumours are true, and Casillas does indeed have said agreement with Perez, then Wenger now finds himself in something of a predicament concerning his moves for a new ‘keeper. The departures of Lukasz Fabianski and Emmanuel Viviano mean that it’s imperative he finds himself a new second option for between the sticks, but the Frenchman will know how good a model professional like Casillas could be under his influence.
He now has to make a decision; does he rely on youngster Damian Martinez as backup for Szczesny next season and wait for Casillas to become available on a free? Or does he forget the Spain captain and find a suitable alternative this summer?
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