Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Iker Casillas Would Be Worth High Cost for Gunners

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistAugust 20, 2013

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 29:  Iker Casillas of Spain looks on during a training session, ahead of their FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Final match against Brazil, at the Maracana Stadium on June 29, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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Stop me if you heard this before; Arsenal are going after a talented player but are unwilling to pay full price.

This appears to be the case with Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who has recently joined Arsene Wenger's wish list, according to John Drayton of the Daily Mail:

Arsenal are considering a dramatic move for Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas as they step up their pursuit of a replacement for error-prone Wojciech Szczesny. 


Although Arsene Wenger is keen on Casilllas, the stumbling block could be his price. Casillas is 32 and ever-prudent Arsenal do not want to pay big money for a move knowing full well they cannot sell him on. 

They would consider a fee of around £8million but fear Madrid would not listen to offers below the £15m mark.

The last part is where fans should be concerned. The club has missed out on a number of targets this summer due to the fact that it is simply not offering enough money in bids.

While Wenger has developed a reputation for avoiding high-priced transfers over the years, the recent inactivity has truly upset the fans. According to BBC Sport, the Arsenal Supporters' Trust recently sent a statement to the club questioning the manager's future.

Wenger began the summer saying that he is willing to spend more, but the squad has not spent a dime in the transfer window to this point. It is not surprising this has angered fans.

Instead, it appears as though the club has spent the summer naming targets and placing bids just short enough to ensure that nothing will get done.

That should change with Casillas, who would be a perfect fit at Emirates Stadium this season. 

The Spanish goalkeeper is one of the best in the world at his position and has proven this ability on the international stage while helping his side win the 2010 World Cup. Unfortunately for him, he has lost his starting spot at Real Madrid, leaving him available for transfer.

Last season, Casillas clashed with manager Jose Mourinho and was benched in favor of Diego Lopez. Although Mourinho is now with Chelsea, Lopez once again was named to the first team in the club's first La Liga match of this season.

Although this lack of playing time should concern any team trying to acquire his services, his regular play for Spain proves that he still has the ability to succeed. He also had a couple of strong showings for Real in the International Champions Cup, a preseason tournament in the United States. 

Besides, it is clear that Arsenal need to upgrade at the position after the disaster that was the first EPL match of the season. Wojciech Szczesny allowed three goals and the club lost at home to Aston Villa.

While the 23-year-old player has shown plenty of ability, he is still far from the best in the league. Arsenal can upgrade this year with Casillas, and the veteran could provide leadership for the youngster to make him better.

The squad was already looking to add another goalkeeper this summer when it went after QPR's Julio Cesar, according to Ben Jefferson of The Express. Arsenal were unable to complete that deal, but Casillas is even better. 

For a club looking to win a trophy for the first time since 2005, making an addition of this magnitude would be a big boost both physically and mentally. He would improve the defense while giving the squad confidence to succeed.

It also would please fans to finally bring in a quality player after a long summer of nothing.

Arsenal might not want to spend the full £15 million on this transfer, but the move would pay off drastically for the club.


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