Arsenal eye Casillas move
Arsenal’s Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla has revealed the North London club are interested in signing his compatriot Iker Casillas at the end of the season. The Spain international has found himself restricted to appearances in the cup competitions for Real Madrid this season after slipping behind Diego Lopez in the pecking order under Carlo Ancelotti.
With the Real boss making it clear he doesn’t see any reason to change his position in terms of his goalkeeping choice, Casillas has been linked in the transfer betting news with a move away from the Bernabeu this summer.
Current Arsenal number one Wojciech Szczesny may not have done much wrong this season but it would be hard for Wenger to turn down the chance of signing one of world football’s finest goalkeepers. While Casillas won’t have any shortage of offers should he decide to end his near-25 year association with Real Madrid, the 32-year old has reportedly been asking Cazorla about life in London, and the midfielder is hoping his Spain team-mate would chose to join him at the Emirates Stadium for Arsenal.
"I've told Iker 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," said Cazorla.
Casillas’ lack of regular first-team action had dented his hopes of leading the Spanish team at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, with Spain one of the favourites for World Cup glory with Paddy Power, until Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes suffered a knee injury that will keep him out of the tournament. But Casillas will be aware that he may need to leave his boyhood club in order to ensure he doesn’t finish his illustrious career as a back-up keeper, and a move to the Premier League could be just the challenge the Spaniard is looking for.