The transfer triangle involving Iker Casillas, David de Gea and Hugo Lloris has been one of the summer’s most enduring high profile sagas, but it seems a conclusion is moving closer.
At present, bwinners can get 12/1 about the treble of Casillas moving to Porto, De Gea to Real Madrid and Lloris to Manchester United before the end of the current transfer window.
According to reports in Marca the first part of the triptych is already complete, with the Spanish publication revealing the following yesterday:
“Real Madrid have agreed terms with Porto for the transfer of Iker Casillas. The deal could be announced officially in the coming hours and the goalkeeper will bid farewell to the Bernabéu at an event on Friday.”
With the long-serving Los Blancos number one out of the picture, Madrid’s negotiators will be free to focus their attentions on seeing through a deal for De Gea that also seems near completion.
Spanish paper El Confidencial report that Real have agreed a six-year deal with the keeper, worth in the region of £21m, while the Daily Star suggest that that Rafael Benitez’s side have also agreed to pay United’s £28.5m asking price.
As such the punters should not delay in availing themselves of the 12/1 about the summer’s most talked about transfer domino rally being consummated.
The odds effectively represent a generous assessment of United’s chances of landing Lloris, who has seemingly long been identified as their first choice replacement for De Gea.
Victor Valdes may be in situ, but the Frenchman is five years his junior at 28, the kind of age that will allow Louis van Gaal to shape a defence around him for some years to come.
In addition the dearth of rumours linking United to other stoppers will give backers of this wager heart, as will United’s past history of getting their man in dealings with Tottenham.