Real Madrid are reportedly ‘optimistic’ that Tottenham will take Iker Casillas off their hands in a move which will pave the way for David de Gea to join the club.
Los Blancos legend Casillas, 5/2 to be a Lilywhite at the close of the transfer window, has intimated that he wishes to stay and fight for his place at Santiago Bernabeu.
However, according to the Independent, the veteran gloveman’s ‘remaining presence at the Bernabeu [is] an impediment to the smooth succession of De Gea’.
Moreover, the paper suggests ‘it is the club’s belief that a merry-go-round of goalkeeping moves will see Spurs go for their [Real’s] player after Hugo Lloris joins Manchester United’.
Yet Tottenham are understood to have dismissed the possibility of such a chain reaction, with sources high up at White Hart Lane stating that Lloris was ‘simply not for sale and that any talk of a move for Casillas was, therefore, academic’.
Maintaining this stance is essential for Spurs, both insofar as upholding the standards of the club’s goalkeeping options are concerned and in terms of avoiding becoming too firmly entrenched within football’s current status quo.
For long enough the Lilywhites have had their top talent pilfered by both Real and United each time they begin to build a side capable of achieving Champions League football
Gareth Bale and Luka Modric were plucked from their ranks in consecutive seasons, while the latter arrived just as their lineup had been depleted by Dimitar Berbatov’s departure for Old Trafford.
Why should Tottenham be compelled to take on any goalkeeper merely to facilitate the departure of their own number one and aid their overlords and oppressors?
Especially one as clearly on the downgrade as ‘San Iker’, who has endured an error-prone season as Los Blancos’ number one, having previously lost his place to understudy Diego Lopez in 2013/14 and part of 2012/13.