Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger got on the phone to Iker Casillas last night to see if he could persuade the Real Madrid captain his future belongs in the Premier League, at least according to Mundo Deportivo. The Spanish publication believes that Wenger decided to make a personal intervention in his search for a new top-class goalkeeper, hoping to use his influence to close a surprise summer deal.
Casillas has endured a very difficult 12 months for club and country and his misery was compounded by a shocking World Cup showing for Spain, but could Arsenal about to offer one of the world's most famous and experienced stoppers a London lifeline?
Wenger makes a move
It's no secret that Arsenal are in the market for a new goalkeeper this summer after Lukasz Fabianski decided to leave for Swansea City, but even so a direct approach for Casillas represents a huge surprise.
Casillas would likely only move for first-team football after being left to contend with only playing in cup competitions for Madrid over the last two seasons thanks to the form of Diego Lopez, although his last appearance for Los Blancos did help the club secure a long-awaited 10th Champions League triumph.
Despite that success the 33-year-old was unconvincing to say the least against Atletico Madrid in that final and directly at fault for conceding the opening goal of the game, the final straw in a worrying slide that has led Madrid to openly consider the exit of a living club legend.
Wenger wants quality competition for Wojciech Szczesny and has Casillas on a transfer shortlist also Colombian David Ospina, but believes that he has a strong chance of signing the Spanish international because if he's forced out of Madrid he likes the idea of living and working in London.
Casillas also counts Arsenal stars Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla as close friends and girlfriend Sara Carbonero is reportedly on board with the move.
One stumbling block to Arsenal moving forward and turning Wenger's phone conversation into a genuine concrete offer may be wages, as Casillas picks up a whopping £160,000-a-week at the Bernabeu on a deal which has another three years left to run.
Wenger is definitely an admirer though and would love Casillas to mentor Szczesny and fight for the number one shirt at the Emirates next season, with Madrid also waiting for a formal bid and willing to sanction his exit in a cut-price deal.
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