Real Madrid star Iker Casillas is prepared to give Premier League duo Arsenal and Liverpool every chance of clinching his signature in the January transfer window, as he’s seeking a way out of the Santiago Bernabeu, but it could mean that Manchester United have to fight to keep David de Gea.
According to the Daily Express despite the fact that he’s been given ample game-time this season under Carlo Ancelotti, Casillas harbours doubts over his ability to pin down the No.1 spot for the future, and his fears were hardly allayed by the decision to start Keylor Navas in this week’s Champions League fixture against FC Basel.
The Spain international has had something of a year to forget, what with Diego Lopez ensuring he was confined to cup games only last year, and his woeful showing for Spain contributing to their early exit from the World Cup.
Yet he still has admirers in the form of some of Europe’s biggest sides, and as he’s now sitting in the years that usually bring out the best in goalkeepers - he’s 33 - he’s a very viable choice for any club currently holding thoughts of adding a new man between the sticks.
United are a side who have continually been linked with him and though it’s unlikely he’ll stand any chance of ousting the brilliant De Gea from his position he may make for an ideal No.2.
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With the Red Devils having supposedly rejected the chance to add Victor Valdes to their books Louis van Gaal will be keeping tabs on potential ‘keepers who can contest the first-team jersey, and in that regard Casillas is a perfect fit for them.
The major issue that the Red Devils have to contemplate though is the fact that Madrid remain long-term admirers of De Gea themselves, and if they do part ways with Casillas could step up their efforts to ensure United are forced to part with one of their most influential stars.
However it’s Arsenal and Liverpool who are said to be the frontrunners when it comes to competing for his signature, with both clubs busy preparing offers of around £4 million for the January transfer window.
Neither Wojciech Szczesny or Simon Mignolet have looked overly assured of late, and there’s fair arguments to be made when championing the idea of either Arsene Wenger or Brendan Rodgers decided to move for a new stopper.
If that happens then Los Blancos will certainly look to replace him. United may have to fight tooth and nail for De Gea when they do.