Espanyol’s Kiko Casilla is the latest man to be linked with a move to North London as Wojciech Szczesny’s deputy.
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Arsenal have been on the hunt for a new goalkeeper this summer as the Gunners look to replace Lukasz Fabianski, who has joined Swansea City, as the primary cover for first choice stopper Wojciech Szczesny.
According to reports from the Mirror today, a new name has emerged as a possible new ‘keeper at the Emirates Stadium, in the form of Spaniard Kiko Casilla from La Liga club Espanyol.
Casilla has plenty of experience, having flitted between first choice and reserve since signing for Espanyol in 2007, also spending short loan spells with Cadiz and Cartegna.
A former Real Madrid trainee, the 27 year-old is seen as a consistent and solid performer who would provide competent back-up for Szczesny without either breaking the bank in terms of wages or being likely to throw his toys out of the pram if he isn’t able to dislodge the Polish international as first choice.
The report suggests that Arsenal have contacted Casilla’s agent about arranging a possible £6 million deal, but Espanyol are likely to hold out for more due to a sell-on clause held by Real Madrid on the player, which is believed to be as high as 50% of any fee that the Barcelona-based club receive for the player.