It’s difficult to remember a single transfer window with as much emphasis placed on the potential movement of goalkeepers.
Petr Cech’s all-but officially stamped transfer to Arsenal is set to be the first of many big-name switches in the summer of 2015.
Cech’s proposed move across London was created by Chelsea’s decision to hand the number one jersey to Thibaut Courtois last season, thereby demoting their long-serving net minder to the unwanted position of understudy.
In a similar case of displacement, it looks like taking a miracle to prevent Real Madrid from prising David De Gea away from Manchester United this summer, meaning Iker Casillas’ will be the man to make way.
A year older than Cech at 34, Casillas’ representatives have already put the feelers out across Europe in search of a viable destination as first-choice stopper and early indications place Tottenham near the front of the queue.
It’s well known that the Lilyhwhites’ own treasured gloveman, Hugo Lloris, is high on Louis van Gaal’s list to replace De Gea when the Madrid native eventually seals his dream move home.
This presents Mauricio Pochettino with an obvious problem, one which he and Daniel Levy are clearly making contingencies for and with Casillas’ wealth of experience, he fits the bill.
Some reports suggest the club are trying to convince Lloris to stay by making him the official first-team captain at White Hart Lane, but the Frenchman’s yearning for Champions League football may hold the greater pull.
Bringing in a name such as Casillas, who is the most decorated goalkeeper in world football taking in his achievements for club and county, is sure to appease some Spurs fans should Lloris go.
However, the Spaniard is hardly a long-term solution for the north London outfit.
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