Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas will only join Arsenal if the Gunners can offer him a lucrative contract. The Spain international is demanding a cool £135,000-a-week before agreeing to make the move to the Emirates Stadium.
This is according to the Express, who claim that Casillas is keen to secure a free transfer away from the Bernabeu in order to join the Gunners.
Casillas being forced out at Real Madrid
Although Casillas, who turned 33 in May, proudly hoisted Real Madrid’s tenth European Cup into the air at the end of last season, the veteran keeper made a pitiful two La Liga appearances during the 2013/14 campaign.
Carlo Ancelotti followed in the footsteps of his predecessor Jose Mourinho by leaving Casillas on the bench in favour of Diego Lopez who, at 32, is no spring chicken himself.
Ancelotti is now expected to add Levante goalkeeper Keylor Navas to his ranks in the coming weeks. The 27-year-old was one of the best-performing keepers in La Liga last season, and shone for Costa Rica at the World Cup finals in Brazil.
Would Casillas be first choice at Arsenal?
Wojciech Szczesny has been Arsenal’s first-choice goalkeeper for the past few seasons and continues to improve. The 24-year-old Poland international faces additional competition from Colombia international David Ospina, 25, who will soon complete his £3 million transfer from Nice.
Having spend most of the past two seasons on the substitutes’ bench, it’s highly unlikely that Casillas would agree to come to the Emirates Stadium unless guaranteed first-team football.
But, after a quite dismal showing at the World Cup finals for Spain, is Casillas the right man for the Gunners?
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Casillas: Past his best
Arsene Wenger must have been left with reservations over Casillas’s suitability after watching the Real Madrid icon in action for Spain at the World Cup.
He was heavily criticised for his abject performances, as reigning champions Spain were unceremoniously dumped out of the showpiece international tournament in the most humiliating fashion.
Of course, having played so little football over the past two years, it’s possible that Casillas is simply suffering from a lack of confidence. A move to Arsenal, therefore, could be exactly what the goalkeeper - who is widely regarded as one of the best keepers of his generation - requires to get his career back on track.