With reports that Arsenal has reached an agreement to sign 25 year old Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina, the Spanish press have continued their stories of Iker Casillas to Arsenal on a free transfer.
Madrid based daily El Confidencial claims that Arsenal has submitted an offer for the 33 year old goalkeeper. It claims the offer is based on wages, as the player is expected to move on a free year transfer even though he is tied to contract until 2017.
The stock of Iker Casillas has fallen in the last few months following some questionable performances for both Real Madrid and Spain, a scenario that has seen his outing restricted to just cup games for the European champions, with Diego Lopez saddled with the responsibility of manning the post for league matches.
With his constant link to Arsenal despite several reports in France and the Colombian press that Arsenal have practically signed David Ospina, it is strange that the Casillas stories have refused to go away, although, stories can easily be planted in the press by agents, the continuous nature of the rumours gives room to consider that there is something in it somewhere.
With this constant link, Wojciech Szczesny must be wondering who would be the goalkeeper next to him next season at the Emirates, with himself and Damian Martinez the only senior goalkeepers at the club, with the latter still very young little is known whether Arsene Wenger intends to bring in two experience goalkeepers to challenge the Pole. However, going by Arsene Wenger’s antecedents it would be completely on like him to pursue that course, considering that he might want to prevent a situation of creating discord in the team by having three international goalkeepers. With his love for youth, seeing that Wojciech Szczesny came through the youth ranks to become first choice, his plan could be to balance it out, by bringing in a goalkeeper with huge experience, but in the end , Damien Martinez would stay behind to act as the third choice goalkeeper.
In all this, one thing is clear, Arsenal’s summer business still have some few twist and turns ahead especially with the continuity of stories that have refused to ebb away from the corridors of the media. The end of it all would only come at the end of the transfer window; when the post mortem of what took place would begin to be analysed.