Gunners hope to take advantage of uncertainty surrounding Spaniard’s future.
Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger has earmarked experienced Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas for a potential move to the Emirates at the end of the season, says the Sunday Mirror.
The Frenchman is known to be on the look-out at present for a new goalkeeper after losing patience this campaign with both of his Poland internationals at the North London club, Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski.
In particular, Wenger has finally decided that first-choice shot-stopper Szczesny is not the man to be the Gunners’ long-term No 1, and so moves have already begun to see if Madrid’s Spain international Casillas can be persuaded to depart the Santiago Bernabeu when the transfer window reopens on June 1.
Casillas, 31, has a contract in the Spanish capital until 2017, while he is also the captain of Los Blancos, meaning he is likely to cost Arsenal upwards of £30 million were he to sign for the club.
However, with the Spanish legend having been dropped by manager Jose Mourinho just before Christmas and still to have won his place back in the team having recently recovered from a hand injury, speculation is rife in Madrid that the player wants to call it quits at Real this summer, with Arsenal hoping to take advantage of Casillas’s unhappiness at the club.