It looks like with big investment plans, expectations regarding transfers also increase according to Dailystar.co.uk. If over the past 5 years or so Arsenal have failed to sign any big-time players and have based their first eleven mainly on youngsters brought up through their own youth set-up, the Gunners are now targeting some established star footballers. The latest on Wenger’s list seems to be Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas. The Spanish international who has been with Real since 1998 is one of the best if not the best goalkeeper in the world. He has some of the best reflexes in the business and he has been playing at the highest level possible since 1999. He is still young for a goalkeeper with at least a decade left of his career possibly.
Due to recent misunderstandings with Mourinho, Casillas is no more a team regular and has publicly expressed his disappointment with the way the managerial staff has been treating him. Even when not out on injury, the Spanish international was left on the bench without any exact explanation. His future may or may not be in doubt with Real Madrid if we take into consideration the latest rumors that see Mourinho returning to Chelsea. If this is the case, it is very unlikely Arsenal will be able to land a player of Casillas’s level. Even if the Spanish goalkeeper has recently offered some minor hints regarding the possibility of him leaving, nothing is certain. He said that he wants fans to remember him as a player who took great pride in wearing Real’s shirt, but he did not comment further.
Casillas who has 2 year left of contract on Bernabeu, would cost Arsenal around 17 million pounds. The Spanish goalkeeper is not the only option for Wenger. Funny enough, both other solutions are also Spanish internationals who are keen to make a move. Reina and Valdes may also end up at Emirates if the opportunity presents itself. From all the three Spaniards, Real Madrid’s player has won the most trophies and is the most experienced.