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Iker Casillas close to signing for Arsenal

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Arsenal are reportedly close to securing the services of Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who has been made an offer 'than he can't refuse'. The Gunners are believed to have offered the 33-year-old Spain international a five-year deal worth £100,000-a-week.

This is according to Spanish newspaper Sport - and brought to our attention by the Metro - who claim that Casillas has been told he will be the third-choice goalkeeper at the Bernabeu unless he leaves the club this summer.

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Despite captaining Real Madrid to their tenth European Cup triumph at the end of last season, it proved to be another frustrating campaign for club legend Casillas, who made just two La Liga appearances last season.

Real boss Carlo Ancelotti followed in the footsteps of his predecessor, Jose Mourinho, by leaving Casillas on the bench in favour of Diego Lopez.

However, Lopez is expected to lose his starting place at the start of next season, with Levante's 27-year-old keeper - and star of the World Cup for Costa Rica - Keylor Navas poised to become the Spanish giants' new number one.

Arsenal looking to replace Szczesny?

But, even if he left Real Madrid for Arsenal, could Arsene Wenger guarantee Casillas regular first-team football at the Emirates Stadium?

Wojciech Szczesny has been the Gunners' number one for the past few years. The 24-year-old Poland international continues to improve and has a good understanding with his defence.

With Arsenal also poised to sign 25-year-old Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina, for a reported £3 million fee, Wenger's pursuit of Casillas is a little perplexing - unless, of course, the veteran Gunners boss plans on replacing Szczesny altogether.

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Furthermore, there are serious doubts over whether Casillas is still capable of performing at the very highest level. The ageing goalkeeper produced a series of catastrophic performances for Spain at the recent World Cup finals in Brazil, which appears to have been the final straw for Ancelotti.

Wenger, on the other hand, clearly believes Casillas still has much to offer. If these reports are accurate and the Spaniard has been offered a five-year contract, Casillas may be Arsenal's number one up until 2019, when he will have just celebrated his 38th birthday.

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La Liga
Wojciech Szczesny
Premier League
Arsenal
Real Madrid
Iker Casillas
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