Real Madrid appear to have changed their tact in the last few days concerning the future of club stalwart Iker Casillas, as it’s now being reported that they want Stoke City stopper Asmir Begovic to replace him.
According to the Daily Mirror Madrid chiefs are keeping their eyes peeled for potential recruits, as fans remain unconvinced over the Arsenal target's claim to be their No.1 goalkeeper moving forward.
There’s also speculation, mainly carried by French newspaper Le 10 Sport, which states that the Spain international is unhappy himself, and is feeling the weight of pressure on his shoulders.
Since this summer’s World Cup the 33-year-old’s situation appears to have deteriorated, with a string of mistake-laden performances leaving critics suggesting that he should be dropped. Earlier this week Ancelotti appeared to confirm that this would not be the outcome, as he backed Casillas to remain Madrid’s first-choice ‘keeper.
Replacing their No.1
Rumours persist in claiming that the club want to bring someone else in though, and Begovic is said to be the individual their keeping the closest eye on. The Bosnia star was linked with a move to Manchester United prior to their signing of David de Gea as Edwin van der Sar’s replacement, but since then speculation surrounding a potential exit from the Britannia Stadium has been quelled.
Now though it would appear that a move could be back on and, with Begovic having just two years left to run on his current Stoke deal, it wouldn’t take that much pushing to force chiefs at his current club to agree to a sale.
The player himself would surely be eager to make the switch in order to continue his development, whilst it would certainly spell the end of Casillas at Madrid if it materialised.
Over the summer Los Blancos also purchased Chile ‘keeper Keylor Navas, after he impressed at the World Cup. That acquisition now looks as though it was one made with a backup role in mind though, as he hasn’t threatened to take Casillas’s place in the same way Diego Lopez did when Jose Mourinho was in charge.
If nothing else the claim that Begovic is the priority signing will certainly go down well in Manchester, as coincidentally it was De Gea who was said to be being lined up as the man who would become Madrid’s No.1 in the near future.