Possible Transfer Target: Iker Casillas
The news this morning, which started last evening, is that Iker Casillas, the Real Madrid goal keeper, has come to the attention of the transfer monkeys at Arsenal. Though nothing is confirmed as of yet, if there’s any truth to the rumour it shows that Wenger has started to take the search for an experienced keeper seriously, which is if nothing else comforting.
A quality keeper is more important to us right now than signing a player like Luis Suarez. It may sound a bit crazy to say that, but if you watched the Aston Villa game and most of the matches Szczesny played last season, you’d understand the importance. He’s a bright young keeper and I have no doubt if he sticks around he’ll be important for Arsenal in 4-5 years time, but he’s not the first choice keeper a top four club needs. United, Chelsea, City, Spurs, Stoke, and Liverpool are ahead of us in the keeper department right now, so signing a player to keep balls out of the net is crucial.
Casillas has the experience (he’s 32 years old now), has put in plenty of time as captain of club and national sides, has been rated one of the best goalkeepers in the world and has consistently played between 40 and 55 games a season for Real Madrid from 1999-2012. He’s won La Liga five times, the Champions League twice, The Confederations Cup twice, the Euros twice, and a World Cup. Those are some mean credentials, not to mention the mound of individual awards he’s piled up over the years. Last season he played 29 games and seems to be falling out of favour somewhat, with Madrid looking to Diego Lopez more and more (Casillas was sidelined with a hand injury earlier in the year). Now might be the best time to take advantage of his abilities while Arsenal can. Casillas would make a great first choice keeper, or provide competition for the likes of Szczesny and Fabianski.
According to The Guardian, Madrid would be looking for £15 million for him, should Arsenal go in at all. I think it’s a move we have to make if we want to salvage this transfer window. With that kind of expense it still leaves enough money left in the bank to fill our needs in defense, midfield, and bring in a striker. They won’t all be world class signings, but this one certainly would be.