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Arsenal transfer news: Gunners ready Casillas bid
20th August 2013 9:18am BST
Arsenal are preparing an offer for Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas in a bid to strengthen their flagging back-line.
The Gunners' defensive frailties were exposed in a 3-1 defeat at home to Aston Villa on the opening day of the season on Saturday.
After seeing Vito Minnone join Sunderland this summer, Arsenal have been left with the first-team goalkeeping options of Wojcech Szczesny and Lukas Fabianski, neither of whom has convinced in recent showings.
Casillas, 32, came close to a departure from Real last season after falling out of favour with previous manager Jose Mourinho.
Now, after new Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti picked Diego Lopez ahead of Casillas for the first game of the season at home to Real Betis on Sunday, the Spain international keeper is understood to have resolved to leave.
Casillas remains one of the most highly-rated 'keepers in the game and is expected to command a significant fee, however.
Arsenal would likely have to part with a sum in the region of £20 million to sign the player, as senior management look to appease dissenting fans disappointed with the club's recent transfer dealings.
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