Santi Cazorla has revealed Arsenal’s interest in Real Madrid experienced goalkeeper Iker Casillas and is doing his best to persuade his compatriot to join him in north London.
The Gunners are in desperate need for a top class goalkeeper to provide competition for current No. 1 Wojciech Szczesny. Current backup Lukasz Fabianski is set to depart the club on a free transfer at the end of this campaign, forcing Arsenal into the market this summer.
Reports have linked the 32-year-old with a number of clubs including Arsenal and fellow Spain international Cazorla has discussed the possibility of a move to the north London club with him too as he searches for more regular football.
Cazorla told Sport360:
I’ve told him [I would like him to join Arsenal], but so far he has just been curious about my experience in England. His situation is very complicated, but he has to make a decision.
Lots of clubs want him, including Arsenal, but I think that it would be very difficult to leave Real Madrid because of what the club represents. He knows what he has [at Madrid] and what he could find at another club.
Casillas has spent his entire career with Madrid, winning La Liga five times and the Champions League in 2000 and 2002, not to mention back to back Euro 2008 and 2012 victories plus a heroic 2010 World Cup win with Spain. He’s a vastly experienced shot stopper.
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Jose Mourinho caused controversy when he dropped the club captain in favour of back-up Diego Lopez, a tactic Carlo Ancelotti has maintained in La Liga. Despite remaining a cup goalkeeper, Casillas has indicated recently he aims to stay at the Bernabeu for the rest of his career.
Hopefully Santi and Nacho Monreal can continue to whisper in his ear this summer while on international duty in Brazil, as Casillas would be a huge acquisition. His experience would be invaluable and he is the calibre of goalkeeper we need to challenge and help develop Szczesny.
It seems a little hopeful, but you never know in football…