Does Wenger prefer £4.8m Norwegian to Casillas or Valdes?

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger may never have been interested in deals for Iker Casillas and Victor Valdes.

Two European stars linked with moves to Arsenal over the last six months are goalkeepers Iker Casillas and Victor Valdes.

With reported doubt hanging over the heads of each player in Spain, Arsenal have emerged as a potential destination with Arsene Wenger’s motive to sign a top quality goalkeeper to compete alongside Wojciech Szczesny.

However, a report which states Arsenal sent scouts to watch a goalkeeper (Oliver Nyland) in Norway last season, suggests that Wenger was never interested in moves for two of La Liga’s most high profile players.

A report by Arsenal blog Daily Cannon carries quotes from FC Molde’s managing director, Tarje Nordstrand Jacobsen, which confirms the Gunners are one of the sides who have been in attendance at Molde matches.

“There have been scouts from several major leagues at Aker Stadium this year, including Bundesliga and Premier League. Arsenal are among these,” he said.

It would have been extremely surprising if Wenger had managed to convince either Casillas or Valdes to come to the club as a potential number two ahead of next season.

They’re both in the later stages of their careers, but it’s not unreasonable to suggest that they would expect to be number one at any side they joined after leaving either Spanish giant.

Szczesny rightly deserves the chance to start next season as number one and Lukasz Fabianski’s lack of patience has created a chance for Arsenal to go after an exciting and long term transfer option.

The 23-year-old ticks a lot of boxes and he’s already used to silverware having won two domestic pieces of silverware in Norway.

He’s also represented Norway at three different levels of international football including four caps for the senior side, which is the best possible endorsement of his potential and current ability.

According to the same report, which carries the quotes from Jacobsen, Arsenal rate him at just under the £5 million mark, which makes him a worthwhile punt against the higher profile and more expensive (personal terms) deals involved in signing either Casillas or Valdes.

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