Arsenal have been linked with a move for Real Madrid number one Iker Casillas, which seems like an unrealistic move for all concerned.
Iker Casillas has been at the top of his profession for a number of years, as he’s been in the Real Madrid team for a very long period of time and has overseen some of the club’s greatest ever achievements.
All of the rumours are suggesting that Arsenal will try to sign him, as they look to add consistency, quality and experience to their squad and someone who can genuinely become the side’s number one over the next couple of seasons.
The first point to cover is how difficult it could be for the Gunners to sign Casillas should he become available because there will be sides willing to pay Real Madrid a higher fee and put the Spanish goalkeeper on a better contract.
It’s the fee which is something that would stop Arsenal buying him more than anything else because Arsene Wenger would have to commission a very big offer, as Casillas’ contract expires in the summer of 2017.
As much as Casillas would be effective in terms of driving Arsenal forward with his quality and consistency, it just doesn’t seem like a move they will pull off because of his profile and the calibre of other teams that would be in for him.
There are other alternatives, cheaper alternatives that could do a similar job for Arsenal and players who Wenger could just as effectively build his side around over the next few seasons.
Igor Akinfeev of CSKA Moscow is a very good example of a goalkeeper at the top of his game and someone who falls perfectly into the maximum sort of price range that Wenger would probably feel comfortable with.
He’s just 26-years-old which means he’s got plenty of gas left in the tank and he could jump at the chance to move away from Russian football, to join one of Europe’s biggest teams.
Rui Patricio is in the same price range as Akinfeev, around £12-15 million, which makes him another possible target for the Gunners and he’s also young at only 25-years-old.
Patricio has been so effective for Sporting Lisbon, it’s allowed him to nail down the number one spot for Portugal, which means he would go to Arsenal with that extra added advantage of European experience.
Both goalkeepers have plenty of years left, as opposed to someone like Casillas, already into his 30s, which would require massive investment which would break the socialist financial structure that already exists at Arsenal.
Gunners fans, do you need a new goalkeeper?
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