Iker Casillas set for Arsenal transfer

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Better late than never! With clubs like Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United all making early moves in the transfer window this summer, Arsenal were slow starters but now have gathered pace in the last weeks by making two major signings in Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy.

They are set to land another big name to their roster with Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas poised to join the Gunners.

Arsenal have expressed their desire to sign the Spain international but have put forward one condition. Arsene Wenger is reluctant to pay a transfer fee and wants Casillas to terminate his contract at Real Madrid to move to the Emirates Stadium.

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Casillas is assessing his options and thinks it would be best for him to leave Madrid at this juncture of his career. He wants £135,000-per-week at Arsenal, but reports indicate Wenger will offer £100,000-per-week on a five year deal.

The Champions League winners are ready to release Casillas and become a free agent. Real Madrid are set to announce the signing of Keylor Navas from Levante next week, which would mean Casillas would be third choice after Diego Lopez and Navas.

The 33-year-old led The Galacticos to the Decima triumph, appearing in 13 matches in the Champions League in 2013/14, but was second choice to Lopez in La Liga.

Arsenal are also close to signing Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina from Ligue 1 side Nice after both clubs agreed on a £3million transfer fee for the 25-year-old, which would mean Casillas, although leaving Madrid, won't be first-choice even if he moves to England.

Casillas has been at the Santiago Bernabeu for 15 years since 1999, making 678 appearances in all competitions, but his form is a cause of concern for manager Carlo Ancelotti, especially after the injury he suffered in January 2013.

Casillas is ready for new challenges,resurrecting his career and be still be counted as one of the best goalkeepers in world football.

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