Arsenal move to sign Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas [AS front page]

Arsenal want Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas, and Arsene Wenger hopes to sign the Spain custodian before the end of the World Cup, according to the front page splash of Madrid-based paper AS this Friday morning.

AS suggest that the goalkeeper position is a “chronic problem” for Wenger despite the fact Wojciech Szczęsny was hugely impressive last season and shared the Golden Gloves award with Petr Cech.

But, Arsenal are undoubtedly on the look out for a new goalkeeper with Lukasz Fabianski and Emiliano Viviano both having left the club this summer.

Arsenal inquired about Iker Casillas at the beginning of 2013/2014 when it became clear the Spain captain would be rotated in the Real Madrid goal with Diego Lopez.

Casillas has been buoyed by winning Real Madrid’s 10th Champions League in Lisbon and does not want to leave the Bernabeu but Wenger hopes Santi Cazorla and former team mate Mesut Ozil can convince the keeper to head to London.

The Real Madrid goalkeeper has three years left on his current contract with a 180 million euro buyout – another major stumbling block to the move.

But, Casillas’ wages decrease year on year at Real Madrid, so AS think he may be convinced to leave.

Much will also depend on Diego Lopez’s future with Napoli having inquired about Real Madrid’s goalkeeper for La Liga.

Finally, AS add that Wenger will move for Willy Caballero, Hugo Lloris (hugely unlikely surely!) or Stephane Ruffier if he can’t sign Casillas.

We suspect this whole front page spread and article is to get Casillas a new contract at Real Madrid but after debate in recent days it shows that Arsenal do need to strengthen in areas where Cesc Fabregas cannot help a great deal.