Arsenal & Manchester City target tipped to leave Madrid

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Arsenal and Manchester City goalkeeper target Iker Casillas is tipped to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season.

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague claims the veteran stopper is becoming frustrated at the Santiago Bernabeu, after falling behind Diego Lopez last season.

Casillas remains second choice in the capital despite a change in manager over the summer, and the 152-cap international’s patience is starting to wear thin.

That doesn’t automatically translate to a Premier League move, according to Balague, but he admits that it’s an option for the 32-year-old.

"Manchester City definitely want Iker Casillas for next season. He's known about it for a while, but they are not the only team that are after Iker Casillas,” Balague told Sky Sports.

"It will be up to him what he does next, obviously. But if he continues to not play, and he won't unless Diego Lopez gets injured, then he wants to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season.

"He's had enough and he's imagining the possibility of playing abroad. Although he loves the Premier League, maybe it doesn't suit his game as much as the Italian league or the German league.

"But he's going to have offers and if he continues like this, he will leave Real Madrid."

Manchester City are in the midst of a mini-keeper crisis, with Joe Hart struggling to find the form that’s made him England number one in recent seasons.

Costel Pantilimon has impressed since replacing the 26-year-old at the Etihad Stadium, but it’s unclear whether Manuel Pellegrini fancies the Romanian as a long-term option between the sticks for the Citizens.

The arrival of Casillas would be a huge coup if Manchester City were able to pull it off, and also prevent their rivals from landing the player’s legendary signature after a 24-year association with Los Blancos.

Arsenal are reported to be the other interested party, after Arsene Wenger scoured the market for a new keeper in the summer.

The Frenchman did bring Emiliano Viviano to the Emirates Stadium, but his failed to dislodge Wojciech Szczesny as the Gunners’ first choice keeper.

Despite the Pole’s improvement in north London, the opportunity to sign Casillas would be a difficult one to turn down for the Arsenal boss, and it remains to be seen if such a chance arises next summer.

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