Iker Casillas ready to leave Real Madrid for Arsenal

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Iker Casillas is ready to make a sensational transfer to Arsenal in the summer after Real Madrid agreed to let him leave, reports La Sexta.

The Spanish TV programme has really gone out there with this transfer rumour, claiming Real Madrid are ready to pay out the two years remaining on Casillas' contract as a goodbye gift before sending him to the Premier League.

Florentino Perez wants to replace Casillas with Manchester United's David de Gea but does not want to disrespect one of the club's most decorated legends.

By allowing the goalkeeper to pursue one last challenge whilst also giving him a healthy lump of cash, Perez seems to have found the solution.

Arsenal, who were strongly linked with a move for Casillas last summer, appear to have jumped ahead of the queue in what may have otherwise been a lively scramble for his signature.

They have, apparently, been in talks with the appropriate officials and Casillas has, again, apparently, agreed to a move in principle.

Special transfer

If true, it is a particularly special transfer coup for Arsene Wenger, who has turned himself into a specialist in sealing big deals in the last few summer transfer windows.

Mesut Ozil arrived from the Bernabeu in 2013 and was followed a year later by Alexis Sanchez. As a world-class goalkeeper, Casillas would join a growing band of superstars plying their trade at the Emirates.

Giving up on Cech

Arsenal were expected to challenge other interested parties for Chelsea's Petr Cech. The 32-year-old is expected to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season and reports suggested Jose Mourinho would allow him to join whoever he so chooses.

However, Wenger would be wary of having his time wasted by the crafty Chelsea manager. Mourinho famously led Arsenal down the garden path by negotiating a loan deal for Demba Ba before pulling out at the last minute.

Szczesny or Ospina?

For Wojciech Szcznesy and David Ospina, the arrival of Casillas would certainly spell the end for at least one of them. As the firm second-choice, the favourite for the chop would be the former, but Wenger may be reluctant to part with Szczesny due to the amount of time and effort he has invested in his development.

What is sure is that all three will not be able to stay at the club in harmony. Should Casillas arrive, either Ospina or Szczesny will have to leave.


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