The media outlets linking Iker Casillas to Arsenal are taking turns to drive home the speculations each passing day. However, when members of the Fleet Street reel out stories about a player it is normal a situation depending on the prevailing circumstances. But when a bookmaker engages in the same bouts of speculations it raises some questions so to the direction of such transfer, questions that bother on whether such bookmaker is aware of a development that is not entirely known to the public. This is the case with Ladbrokes writing about how Arsenal could sign Casillas if Navas joins Real Madrid.
Going by past antecedents it couldn’t be far away from such scenario if the Michael Owen to Manchester United transfer is anything to go by.
The development at Real Madrid could be another factor fuelling the speculation surrounding Iker Casillas’ future; it being reported that the European Champions have reached an agreement with Levante to bring Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas to the Santiago Bernabeu., this is a development that would seriously affect the future of the Madrid legend. His participation in the colours of Real Madrid have been restricted to only cup games as Diego Lopez has been saddled with the responsibility of manning the post in league matches. For this particular reason the Navas development increases the pressure on Iker Casillas to make a decision about his future.
Another aspect of the entire link of the Spanish goalkeeper to Arsenal could be Arsenal’s attempt to tap into the commercial potential that Iker Casillas comes with. He is a double European Championship winning goalkeeper, a winner of the World Cup, and a winner of three European Cups. In that case, the club would have been looking at the success Real Madrid has garnered from raking in huge sums from shirts sale involving players like Cristano Ronaldo and the recently signed James Rodriguez. On that basis, it not entirely out of the realm of possibility that the club could be exploring all sides of the package that Iker Casillas comes with, not just in terms of his experience as a goalkeeper, but in terms of the points highlighted above.
The Iker Casillas stories to Arsenal will continue to be one of the highlights of rumours linking players to Arsenal until the club does something about the goalkeeper situation at the club. The very fact that the club is in dire need of a goalkeeper makes the stories to have place of continuity. The rains might not stop falling as it concerns these speculations, until the weather forecast hints at the confirmation of signing of a goalkeeper.