In a World Cup year, plenty of players’ feet become increasingly itchy at the thought that their lack of playing time will cause them to miss their country’s Rio-bound plane.
As a result, the number of transfer rumours that eke their way out of the mill quickens to Usain Bolt’s pace, with three of the world’s most prominent goalkeepers likely to be at the front of the speculation train come January.
The only appearances Iker Casillas has made this season have been in the Champions League.
Jose Mourinho did the unthinkable during his time at Real Madrid and froze out club icon Casillas from the starting XI. The Madrid faithful’s outrage has perhaps simmered down somewhat now that new man Carlo Ancelotti has taken the same view as the spiky Portuguese, and kept the keeper rooted to the bench.
Casillas has started just three of the last 38 Real Madrid games, all in this season’s Champions League, and although he still has a loose grip on the Spanish number one jersey, news that his club are in the market for a new stopper will have him sweating over his Rio spot.
Julio Cesar hasn’t pulled on a QPR jersey since April last season.
With five Premier League games remaining last season Harry Redknapp installed Rob Green as his number one, and the former Inter Milan stopper hasn’t had a look-in since. A fractured finger hasn’t helped his cause, but the Brazilian has already been urged to seek employment elsewhere if he wants to take his place between the sticks for the 333/100-rated nation by fellow rarely-spotted compatriot Heurelho Gomes.
Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari clearly doesn’t currently mind Cesar’s predicament, naming him in the squad for the country’s upcoming friendlies with Honduras and Chile, but with Gomes claiming that Redknapp’s mind can’t be changed, it’s only a matter of time before a new club comes knocking.
After 123 consecutive league starts for Man City, Joe Hart has shown the bench.
Manuel Pellegrini admitted he didn’t know when Hart would return to the City lineup ahead of their clash with CSKA Moscow in the Champions League and an extended spell on the seats will surely test Roy Hodgson’s up-to-now sturdy defence of the error-prone keeper.
With Fraser Forster impressing with increasing regularity it won’t be long before Hart starts considering jumping ship in order to seal a route to Rio, where England are 22/1 to win.