Spanish newspaper El Confidencial has claimed that Iker Casillas is open to leaving Real Madrid for nothing.
The experienced shot stopper has seen his position and status at the club come under threat from Diego Lopez, which could force him into a surprising exit this summer.
“Casillas wants to leave Real Madrid at zero cost,” reads El C’s headline.
“Casillas has taken many months pondering his departure from Real Madrid. Since Mourinho put him on the bench for two seasons, he hasn’t been the same.”
So what are Casillas’ options and who could benefit from his decision to walk away from the club?
His options are numerous because he commands a great deal of respect as one of the most experienced goalkeepers in Europe.
He’s win league titles in Spain, domestic trophies and the Champions League which means any side moving for him gets the complete package in terms of his current CV.
Arsenal have been linked with making a move for him in the recent past and could do so again if their plans to sign David Ospina from Nice fall through.
Ospina was thought to be close to a £3 million move to the Gunners but Valencia have reportedly entered the race to sign him, which could complicate matters for Arsene Wenger.
Should that deal not happen, then not only can Arsenal save money by going for Casillas, they gain an arguably better deputy.
The only problem is that deputy tag.
Wenger will start Wojciech Szczesny as the club’s number one next season as the Pole has earned that right and deserves that chance.
However, the point behind Casillas’ Real Madrid exit is that he doesn’t want to warm the bench, which is what would happen if Arsenal signed him initially as the club’s number two ‘keeper.
Casillas’ other option could be Monaco in France.
Monaco were tipped to sign Victor Valdes before he got injured at the end of last season, which prompted the Ligue One side to pull out of a deal.
It will be fascinating to see where he ends up.