This summer’s transfer window has seen some sensational signings, with Toni Kroos joining Real Madrid, Luis Suarez joining Barcelona and Chelsea completing the signings of Filipe Luis, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa.
But there has been an awful lot of focus on one English side in particular – Arsenal. Having finally ended their trophy drought last season by winning the FA Cup, the Gunners’ camp is making all the right noises as they insist that they are aiming to win the title in the coming season.
Sure, they may well have done exactly that last season but for injuries to key players Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott. A lack of depth cost the North London side massively last season but Arsene Wenger has already made moves to eradicate that issue.
The club have signed Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona and he is seen as – potentially – the missing piece for Arsenal in attack. They have also brought in Frenchman Matthieu Debuchy from Newcastle as a direct replacement for Bacary Sagna, who joined Manchester City.
But they are not finished yet, and Wenger insists that the Gunners will strengthen the squad further. It is no secret that Arsenal have been looking to sign a defensive midfielder. That area of the pitch has been in question for Arsenal ever since Patrick Vieira left the club.
Sami Khedira has been linked with joining his fellow World Cup winners Lukas Podolski, Mesut Özil and Per Mertesacker in London. Another name that has been mentioned is William Carvalho, the Sporting Lisbon midfielder that is in high demand from clubs all over Europe.
But the biggest story is centered around the goalkeeping position. Following Lukas Fabianski’s departure to join Swansea City, Arsenal have made it clear that they are looking for a ‘keeper to challenge Wojciech Szczesny with Nice’s Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina linked with a £3.2m move.
However, if Spanish newspaper El Confidencial is to be believed, the player Arsenal could sign to play for them between the sticks is Real Madrid and Spain captain Iker Casillas.
Casillas has grown increasingly frustrated in the last two seasons – under Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti – and has lost his La Liga starting place. Despite playing every game as Madrid won the Spanish Cup and their tenth Champions League title, it is believed that the legendary goalie wants a move away from the Spanish giants.
Questions have been asked about Casillas’ ability and desire to win after a lackluster display at the World Cup, a tournament that saw him make several high profile mistakes as Spain crashed out at the group stages despite being one of the favorites to win the showpiece in Brazil. But his top class performances on European football’s biggest stage last season show that he still has the quality needed to play at the top level.
If rumors are to be believed, Casillas is set to terminate his contract with Madrid and that would leave him available on a free transfer. Whilst Wenger has splashed out in excess of £40m this summer – with that fee set to rise – a deal to bring in such an esteemed professional on a free transfer would surely be their best piece of business to date.
Szczesny would be pushed all the way for his spot in the Gunners’ starting line-up, but would also learn a great deal from playing alongside a man that has won everything – from La Liga to the World Cup. In addition, Casillas’ experience would be vital in helping the North London club to do well in the Champions League.
If the deal happens, it will be one of the signings of the summer, and the Premier League will just become even more competitive and even more exciting.