Arsenal are keeping tabs on Iker Casillas as Real Madrid move ever closer to signing David de Gea from Manchester United, reports The Evening Standard.
De Gea is expected to sign for Real Madrid at some point this summer and Casillas is likely to be up for sale as a result.
Casillas has reiterated his desire to remain at the Bernabeu even if Rafa Benitez signs a new goalkeeper but it seems that he is of a very opinion privately.
Arsene Wenger is in the market for a new goalkeeper and senses that the opportunity to sign the 33-year-old Spain international may be forthcoming this summer.
The Arsenal boss is currently trying his best to sign Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, but he understands the difficulty he faces negotiating a deal with Jose Mourinho.
Arsenal are patiently waiting for Cech to return from international duty next week because the goalkeeper is set to hold talks with Chelsea officials over his options.
Roman Abramovich is believed to be ready to let Cech leave for any club he so chooses, but it is widely expected that the Blues will demand a premium price from any English club.
As a result, Wenger has one eye on Casillas and could make a move if he fails to land the Czech Republic international.
Even if Chelsea allow Cech to sign for one of their Premier League rivals, Arsenal will face the formidable task of competing with Manchester United for his signature.
Louis van Gaal is expected to try and sign Cech if and when De Gea leaves Old Trafford and the Red Devils have much deeper pockets than Arsenal.
Not only could they afford a bigger transfer fee, but they could also coax Cech to the club with a staggeringly large wage offer.
However, Cech has already hinted that he would prefer to stay in London and a move to Manchester would almost certainly mean uprooting his family, who are settled in the capital.
The preferred option
Cech is rightly Wenger's first choice because of his incredible experience in Premier League football. The 33-year-old has been with Chelsea for 11 years and enjoyed unprecedented levels of success at Stamford Bridge.
The Premier League is the ultimate challenge for any goalkeeper because there are so many more crosses than in any other top European division.
Casillas, although still considered world-class, has never played in England and, as a result, there is no guarantee he will flourish as he has done in Spain.
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