Arsenal FC and Manchester City are interested in signing Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas in the January transfer window.
When Carlo Ancelotti was appointed as the manager of Real Madrid at the start of the season, it was expected that he would reinstall Casillas as the number one goalkeeper of the squad, but the Italian manager has refrained from doing so. Ancelotti has stuck with the change Mourinho made during his tenure and Casillas is yet to make an appearance in the league this season. Diego Lopez has grabbed this opportunity to establish himself in the side and Casillas’ future at the club has come under a lot of speculations.
Although Vicente del Bosque has stood by Casillas during this period and he remains Spain’s first choice custodian, the 32-year-old is eager to regain regular first team action ahead of the tournament in Brazil. He said back in August that if the situation at Real Madrid doesn’t change, he will consider leaving.
“My future? If in the next three months the situation won’t change, and if you will ask me this question again, I will say that the best thing for me would be leaving.” – Casillas said back then.
Reports suggest that both Arsenal and Manchester City are closely monitoring Casillas’ situation at Real Madrid and are likely to make a move in January.
Manuel Pellegrini has lost his trust on England number one Joe Hart and has dropped him for the league matches. Costel Pantilimon has been his replacement in the starting line-up, but Pellegrini is believed to be interested in signing a new goalkeeper in the January and Iker Casillas fits the bill perfectly. Reports in Spain suggested that Real Madrid will attempt a move for Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero, who has been in brilliant form this season and a long-term transfer target for the Spanish giants, and will offer Casillas as a part of the deal. But there hardly appears to be in substance in these rumours as Manchester City are unlikely to consider any offer for the Argentine international, although they are likely to make a move for the Spanish goalkeeper. If Casillas does arrive at the Etihad stadium in January, it could pose a lot of questions on Hart’s future at the club, who is expected to look to regular first team action as well ahead of the World Cup.
Arsenal’s reported interest in Casillas is hard to fathom considering Szczesny’s wonderful form this season and the fact that they have already signed Emiliano Viviano at the start of this season and have Lukasz Fabianski waiting in the wings. Szczesny has improved drastically this season and has a bright future at the club, it is hard to imagine that Arsene Wenger would sign a 32-year-old Casillas and stall his progress. Moreover, Casillas won’t move to a club unless he is guaranteed regular first team action.
A move to Manchester City looks more likely for the Spaniard in the winter transfer window.