Iker Casillas' stellar reputation shouldn't cover up risks of Newcastle United move

Newcastle United's Spanish manager Rafael Benitez waits for kick off of the English Premier League football match between West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United at The Hawthorns stadium...

Newcastle United have been linked with a staggering deal for Spanish legend Iker Casillas in January.

Porto´s Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas sits on the banch during the UEFA Champions League group G football match RB Leipzig v FC Porto in Leipzig, eastern Germany on October 17, 2017.

Iker Casillas was, without doubt one of the best goalkeepers of his generation and one of the finest shot-stoppers the footballing world has ever seen. He’s won five La Liga titles, three Champions League’s, two European Champions and a World Cup to boot.

So you can see why Newcastle supporters may be getting a little giddy as Portuguese outlet Jornal de Noticias (3rd December, front page) claim that Casillas has been eyed up for a potential January move to St James’ Park.

(FILES) This file picture dated July 11, 2010 shows Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas (C) raising the trophy handed to him by FIFA President Sepp Blatter (4thR) and South Africa's President...

But while Casillas would be the most high-profile, big-name signing Newcastle have made in many a year, does the romance of any potential deal overlook the fact that it simply does not make a whole lot of sense?

Yes, Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, who worked with a young Casillas towards the start of his burgeoning Real career, wants an experienced number one in January and there are few with a more eye-catching CV than the Spanish legend.

But it will soon be six years since Casillas was controversially dropped by Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid and replaced between the sticks by Diego Lopez. Since that seminal moment, Casillas has not quite been the same and, at the age of 36, more and more mistakes are creeping into his game.

Iker Casillas of Real Madrid CF shows his dejection during the UEFA Champions League semi final match between Juventus and Real Madrid CF at Juventus Arena on May 5, 2015 in Turin, Italy.

Unlike close friend and long-time adversary Gigi Buffon, Casillas has not exactly aged well. And he’s even lost his place in the Porto team this season to Jose Sa.

Furthermore, with The Chronicle reporting that Casillas would command wages of around £5 million a year, it makes little sense for Newcastle to splash out so much on someone whose best days are quite clearly behind them.

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