A £17 million bid from Arsenal could convince Real Madrid to sell them one of the best players in the world in his position.
Arsenal could move for out of favour Real Madrid star Iker Casillas this summer, according to the Daily Star.
The Gunners have been linked with a whole host of goalkeepers in recent weeks, with Wojciech Szczesny dropped and out of form, and Lukasz Fabianski demonstrating against West Bromwich Albion that his are not exactly safe hands either.
Casillas’ situation is an unusual one.
The Spain international goalkeeper – who has won the World Cup once in 2010 and European Championship twice in each of 2008 and 2012 – has seemingly been frozen out of the Real Madrid side by Jose Mourinho.
The Special One dropped Casillas for Los Blancos’ last game of 2012, as well as their first of 2013 against Real Sociedad, but made a surprise comeback from the bench as Antonio Adan was sent off after only six minutes.
However, Casillas conceded three times, including the penalty that got Adan sent off, and Xabi Prieto left with the match ball. Such is the quality of Real Madrid’s attacking play though, that scoring three goals at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu meant nothing to Real Sociedad in the end, as Real Madrid’s forwards saved Casillas’ blushes by scoring four.
Later in January though, Casillas fractured his hand, and has only become available for selection again from March.
Having missed just a single La Liga match in the previous five seasons, Casillas is certainly not used to this situation, and gave his first hint that he could leave the club earlier this week.
“I want the fans to remember me as a player who wore the Real shirt with pride,” he is quoted as saying by the Daily Star, who estimate that the 31 year-old would cost the Gunners £17 million.