Real Madrid receive formal offer from FC Porto for Iker Casillas

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FC Porto have reportedly made a formal approach to sign Iker Casillas, as Real Madrid pave the way for Manchester United keeper David De Gea.

Iconic goalkeeper Iker Casillas is to join fellow countryman Julen Lopetegui at Portuguese giants FC Porto, or at least that is the claim on Monday from Spanish national broadcaster TVE.

A formal offer in writing from FC Porto has been submitted to Real Madrid, say the reports, which will see Casillas leave the club that has been his home for the last 25 years.

They also add that Real Madrid are prepared to subsidise the deal, by covering Casillas for the two remaining years on his contract, so the vastly experienced 34-year-old doesn't suffer any financial loss, thus easing through the operation with the minimum of complications.

The principal television broadcaster in Spain, TVE had also insisted in early June, that Casillas will definitely leave Real Madrid this summer, although at that time, no clear candidates were highlighted as favourites for his signature.

Casillas leaving Real Madrid is considered of vital importance, as they pave the way for David De Gea to arrive at the Santiago Bernabeu as undisputed first choice between the posts, remaining hopeful that a deal can eventually be struck with Manchester United.

De Gea returned to pre-season training on Monday at Carrington, with reports from radio network Cadena COPE on Sunday night, suggesting the 24-year-old will definitively reject any further contract renewal offers, placed in front of him by the Red Devils.

The stumbling block thus far for Real Madrid, has been the response from Manchester United that they won't sell De Gea, unless they can secure a move that would bring Sergio Ramos to Old Trafford.

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