The 33 year old has three years left on his current Real Madrid contract, but has lost his place in goal to the in-form Diego Lopez since the second half of the 2012-13 season. Consequently he only features regularly in the cup competitions.
The Gunners are in the transfer market for a new goalkeeper to challenge number-one Wojciech Szczesny after Lukasz Fabianski left for Swansea on a free transfer.
The report states Arsene Wenger is desperate to strike up a deal with the Spanish capital outfit for their shot stopper before the start of the World Cup. Casillas had been linked with a January move away from Santiago Bernabeu with Arsenal and Manchester City thought to be the interested parties.
It further states that the Spaniard considered a move to the Premier League in December, but after winning Madrid’s coveted 10th European title, he has quashed his desire to leave his boyhood club during the summer. However Wenger will now hope to use Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil to help tempt their friend into a move to the FA Cup winners.
Cazorla had already revealed that he is attempting to persuade his compatriot to move to north London. However, the keeper has a buyout clause of €180 m, which means that it is likely to take a substantial contract offer to bring him to the Emirates.
There is no doubt the Gunners will need to sign a replacement for Fabianski, but I don’t think Casillas will be a good option for the London club. Szczesny very rarely has his erratic moments, and is emerging into a fine goalkeeper. Having kept faith with him until now, it would make no sense to bring in a more senior keeper to take his place.
It is also unlikely Casillas would agree to join Arsenal unless he was guaranteed to be the undisputed No.1, after all that’s the reason he is even linked with a move away from the Spanish capital. The Gunners need someone who is strong enough to challenge Szczesny without being reputable enough to instantly demand his place.
Arsenal’s best bet may be to target someone approaching the end of their career, or someone from a lower ranked team who could be both competition and maybe a mentor for the young Szczesny. Casillas is the captain of Spain and still has some years left at the top. He is a great keeper, but there are other options around that seem more likely to happen such as Cardiff’s David Marshall or even Norwich’s John Ruddy.
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