According to Spanish daily El Confidencial, as relayed by Inside Futbol, Real Madrid want to resolve Iker Casillas' situation by the beginning of August, with it looking increasingly likely that the shot-stopper will depart the Bernabeu.
That news comes on the back of the latest development for the club, with Levante's superb keeper Keylor Navas joining Los Blancos for €10 million, per Marca.
Yet, whether he's staying or going, no player in Real Madrid's squad has more to prove in the upcoming pre-season—provided he's still involved in the opening stages of it—than veteran goalkeeper Iker Casillas.
After being relegated behind Diego Lopez for much of the last two domestic campaigns, the Spain international endured a horrific tournament at this summer's World Cup.
Against Louis van Gaal's rampant Dutch outfit, Vicente del Bosque's No. 1 gifted Robin van Persie his second goal and his team's fourth, completing a disastrous touch that fed the ball straight to the Manchester United striker with the net wide open.
In his team's subsequent match against the Chileans, it was Casillas' inability to claim a routine catch that saw Charles Aranguiz seize on a loose ball in the box to net the decisive second goal for Jorge Sampaoli's side.
And that all came after the keeper's blunder in the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid in May, which almost cost Los Blancos their European crown.
If Casillas is given any chances by Carlo Ancelotti in the pre-season, he simply must prove he's still got what it takes to impress potential suitors.