Iker Casillas’ agent has been in contact with Arsenal and a host of other potential suitors in recent weeks, as the Spain international plans for life after Real Madrid.
It now looks incredibly unlikely that the veteran stopper is going to remain at the Santiago Bernabeu past this summer, with Manchester United’s David de Gea the man Los Blancos are keen to replace him with.
And now, as per Spanish newspaper AS, it’s been claimed that Casillas is ready for his departure, with his chief representative, Carlos Cutropia, having taken part in talks with Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Paris Saint-Germain, AS Roma, Inter Milan, Fenerbahce and Besiktas.
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The same report implies that the Gunners could be ahead of certain other clubs in the race, as Casillas isn’t prepared to move to a division he deems to be lesser than La Liga.
Though not stating which league that might rule out it can be considered that the Premier League boasts arguably better quality than Ligue 1, Serie A and the Turkish Super Lig, perhaps giving Arsenal and Spurs an advantage.
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Digging a little deeper the Gunners could be the more fancied option if Casillas decides that a transfer to north London is what he wants, as they can offer Champions League football whereas Tottenham can’t, on top of probably standing a better chance at competing for the Premier League title.
That said there is an obvious hole in AS’ logic if they’re insinuating Casillas might be the man Arsene Wenger decides to bolster his defensive third with.
Problem at hand
We’re not going to state that the Spain captain isn’t properly qualified for the role at the Emirates Stadium, but… well, there might already be a top-class ‘keeper in the position he’s looking to occupy.
We’re not talking about Wojciech Szczesny or David Ospina before you get your knives out. No, we’re referring to Chelsea’s Petr Cech, who by all accounts is on the verge of putting pen to paper on a deal at Arsenal, if he hasn’t already.
Who do the fans want?
Yesterday it was claimed that a deal for Cech had been completed (it’s since been refuted on Twitter) and if one isn’t signed, sealed and delivered in the coming days there could be cause for concern amongst Arsenal fans.
Whilst Casillas remains an experienced option who has been referred to as world-class during his time in the game, he might not necessarily be as viable a candidate as Cech. There’s no questioning who the majority of Arsenal fans will want between the sticks, at any rate.
Arsenal fans, would any of you prefer Casillas to Cech? Let us know who you think Wenger should aim to buy this summer in the comments box below.