Real Madrid block third goalkeeper’s exit - Arsenal to take advantage?

Iker Casillas

Real Madrid have blocked the departure of reserve goalkeeper Jesus Fernandez as speculation mounts regarding the future of Arsenal linked shot-stopper Iker Casillas.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is reportedly on the lookout for a new goalkeeper this summer, with a number of shot-stoppers both in England and abroad linked to the Emirates.

Amongst those names is Real Madrid idol Iker Casillas, who despite recently winning the Champions League, appears unsettled at the prospect of sharing the number one spot with fellow Spanish goalkeeper Diego Lopez.

The press in Spain have linked the Gunners with an ambitious move for the Spanish number one, with the paper AS this morning claiming that Wenger isn’t losing faith of securing a deal before the World Cup finishes in July.

Iker Casillas has a contract until 2017, yet his salary over the next three years is to reduce from €8.5million per year to €6million in his final season, and it is with this that Arsenal are reportedly preparing to make an offer he can’t refuse.

Such a deal, however, looks extremely unlikely given the shot-stopper’s ties to the club and his relationship with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.

Nevertheless, Los Blancos fear that Iker Casillas could be interested in a move to North London and speculation has mounted following their decision block Jesus Fernandez’s move to Granada.

The 25-year-old has been acting as Madrid’s third-choice shot-stopper behind Diego Lopez and Iker Casillas, and despite reportedly agreeing a deal to join Granada, Real Madrid have told him to sit tight and wait the club to confirm Casillas’ stay in the Spanish capital.

As perhaps unrealistic and impractical as this transfer saga goes, it appears set to take the headlines this summer until the Gunners finally sign a new player to compete with Wojciech Szszesny.

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