Arsenal’s hopes of signing Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas have been boosted by the news that the Spanish giants are looking to offload the Spanish World Cup winner. The Gunners have been strongly linked with the 33-year-old over the last few months, but a transfer hasn’t looked that likely - until now.
According to Antena 3 - and brought to our attention by Mundo Deportivo - Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is looking to offload both Casillas, who earns a net salary of €160,000-a-week, and the first-choice goalkeeper at the Bernabeu, Diego Lopez.
Real Madrid want Keylor Navas & Kiko Casilla
The reason Ancelotti is keen to sell both of his goalkeepers is because the club have identified Levante’s Keylor Navas and Espanyol’s Kiko Casilla as the perfect replacements.
Both goalkeepers are 27 years old and have enjoyed fantastic seasons with their respective clubs. Navas, meanwhile, has been one of the stars of the show with Costa Rica at the World Cup finals in Brazil.
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Do Arsenal still want Casillas?
Casillas endured an awful World Cup campaign, as reigning champions Spain bowed out of the group stages without picking up a single win. The veteran goalkeeper was at fault for several of the goals Spain conceded and may have played his final match for La Roja, with Manchester United’s David de Gea waiting in the wings.
Despite his poor World Cup - and frustrating past couple of years at the Bernabeu - Casillas will not sign for the Gunners unless he receives first-team assurances. But Wojciech Szczesny, 24, continues to improve - and Wenger may now be reluctant to replace the Poland international with a goalkeeper visibly in decline.
Arsenal fans: should Wenger replace Szczesny with Casillas this summer? Have your say in the comments section below.