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Arsenal are considering a dramatic move for Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas as they step up their pursuit of a replacement for error-prone Wojciech Szczesny.

The Spain captain is known to be unsettled at the Bernabeu after losing his automatic place in the first team under Jose Mourinho and the Gunners are keeping a close eye on his situation.

The north London club – shocked by their Premier League opening-day defeat to Aston Villa – are desperate to land a world-class goalkeeper in that calibre and the World Cup winner and European champion would certainly fit the bill.

Arsenal discussed moving for Chelsea No 1 Petr Cech before the transfer window opened, believing that Thibaut Courtois would return from his loan spell at Atletico Madrid and replace Cech in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.

Although Arsene Wenger is keen on Casilllas, the stumbling block could be his price. Casillas is 32 and ever-prudent Arsenal do not want to pay big money for a move knowing full well they cannot sell him on.

They would consider a fee of around £8million but fear Madrid would not listen to offers below the £15m mark.

Arsenal, who trained on Tuesday ahead of their crunch Champions League play-off with Fenerbahce, have endured a frustrating summer in the transfer markets.

Key targets including Gonzalo Higuain, Luis Suarez and Luiz Gonzalo have failed to arrive at the Emirates while a clear out has left Wenger’s squad looking thin on the ground.

The Gunners have also been linked with a move for QPR keeper Julio Cesar but the Brazilian has claimed he is happy to remain with the Championship side.

Source: Daily Mail

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