Casillas move to Porto sparks a frenzy of La Liga goalkeeper moves

Iker Casillas

FC Porto landing Iker Casillas from Real Madrid will directly impact other clubs and goalkeepers.

The repercussions of Iker Casillas ending his twenty-five years at Real Madrid, are wide reaching, as FC Porto prepare to welcome the iconic goalkeeper amongst their ranks.

Whilst the primary objective for Real Madrid for several months, has been focused on luring David De Gea to the Santiago Bernabeu, the refusal of Manchester United to negotiate, even at the risk of losing the 24-year-old next summer, means the Spanish giants have had to consider an alternative option.

That option is Espanyol goalkeeper Kiko Casilla, formed amongst their youth ranks originally and for whom a Real Madrid return is now closer than ever, with personal terms reportedly agreed.

According to Diario AS, a fee of around €4 million has been offered, although club president of the Catalan club, Joan Collet, want's something closer to €6 million.

Collet explained: "Four million is valuing the player to low and it's too little for Espanyol. I'm not even taking that into account. If the offer doesn't change, I won't be sitting down for talks."

Certainly, losing their star goalkeeper will put Espanyol in a difficult position, as they'll have to move swiftly to secure a suitable replacement, whilst second choice Pau Lopez will also be trying to prove he's worthy of being considered first choice.

Meanwhile, AS also report that Iker Casillas has been bidding a final farewell to his Real Madrid colleagues, who he visited at the Valdebebas training complex on Saturday, whilst also collecting his belongings from the locker rooms.

When the iconic 34-year-old officially completes his move to FC Porto, his arrival will directly affect the future of another Spaniard, 28-year-old stopper Andres Fernandez.

He joined the Portuguese giants last summer from Osasuna, at the request of manager Julen Lopetegui, but after just one appearance last season, Fernandez is expected to be given the green light to move elsewhere.

"We're well positioned to move and he can grow here as a player." Juan Carlos Cordero, the sporting director at Granada confirmed during a press conference on Friday, noted local media outlet Ideal, regarding the interest of his club in signing the Porto keeper.

Granada are hopeful they can complete a deal to sign Fernandez initially on loan for the 2015-16 season in La Liga, with the option to make his move permanent.

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