It has been claimed that Real Madrid shot-stopper Iker Casillas is finally willing to quit Real Madrid this summer for a move to Arsenal.
News of David de Gea joining Real Madrid has been gathering pace in recent weeks and, after being linked with a possible move to Santiago Bernabeu for over a year, the summer of 2015 could well see the 24-year-old Spaniard moving from Manchester United.
Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger has seemingly made it a priority to sign a world-class goalkeeper and 33-year-old Casillas would be one of the best options available if Madrid are to take the decision to sign his successor.
The Gunners have earlier expressed their interest in signing Chelsea’s outgoing keeper, Petr Cech, but Jose Mourinho’s reluctance to sell to a league rival and matching the valuation for the Czech international is a daunting task altogether.
Casillas’ contract with the Galacticos runs till 2017 but Real Madrid is willing to pay-off the remainder of his current deal if he decides to leave Madrid.
The Express reports that Casillas has stated in previous months that he is committed to Real Madrid and wants to honour his contract and fight for a starting spot.
But with speculation over De Gea about to move to Real Madrid it might well lead to Casillas considering his future with Los Blancos.
With the arrival of Casillas, though, it would be curtains in the Arsenal career for Poland international, Wojciech Szczesny, who has been playing second fiddle to Colombian keeper David Ospina since the start of 2015.
Casillas has made 29 league appearances this term, keeping 12 clean sheets,conceding 28 goals, playing 2,610 minutes. A gem of a goalkeeper, Casillas boosts a varied amount of skills with quick reflexes, penalty saves, close range saves being his key strengths, as per WhoScored.com.
The three times UEFA Champions League winner - alongside five times La Liga champion - the Spaniard has featured in over 500 league games and 150 Champions League matches Madrid.
His signing would be a significant one for Arsenal, even if his form since the World Cup has hardly been up to the standards we have come to expect during a significant spell at the top of the sport.
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