Iker Casillas has been rumoured to be leaving Real Madrid ever since José Mourinho started benching him, but Spain’s and Real Madrid’s captain kept fighting for his place. However, this summer’s transfer window could really be the end of an era.
FC Porto are close to naming Iker Casillas as their new player, according to the reports of several Portuguese and Spanish gambling news. Casillas would be the biggest star of the Portuguese side, the only question is if he is willing to actually sign for them.
Iker Casillas is on the edge of reaching an agreement with FC Porto. He played more than 700 games and broke tons of records with the Royal Club, but right now he is very close to leave his current side. He would be the brightest star and the highest paid player if he joined the Portuguese team.
Online gambling news from Spain report that Real Madrid’s aim for this summer is to strengthen their squad with Manchester United’s David De Gea. The young Spaniard would be Keylor Navas’ competitor for the starting goalkeeper’s position, and there would be no more place left for the current number 1.
Los Blancos will do everything in their power in order to find the most suitable club for their legendary goalkeeper. Casillas and his agent hope for a EUR 15 million exit payment, but it is unlikely that the club would pay him that amount, so still a lot of negotiations are ahead of the two actors.
Meanwhile, Carlo Cutropia, Iker’s representative, has given an interview to Record magazine on Monday, in which he said that the 3-time Champions League winner would be happy to join FC Porto. “Casillas is pretty excited about the opportunity to join Porto. We hope Real Madrid will allow him to move on and give him an easy exit,” he said.
Spanish daily magazines highlight the fact that Iker Casillas signing for FC Porto might cause a huge shock for Portuguese football. That is because FC Porto are usually known for purchasing players for cheap transfer fees and letting them go to larger teams for larger amounts of money.
That is not the case with Iker Casillas, because, he might join the team for free, but he would be the highest paid player in the squad, which could lead to discontent among other players. Online mobile news report that Casillas would earn EUR 3,5 million at Porto, while he makes EUR 7,5 million at Real Madrid.
In addition, it is also unknown whether Casillas wants to play in a league which is far weaker than the Liga BBVA. The Spanish first division is the fourth strongest league economically, while the Portuguese is only the 11th. Only the transfer fee of Cristiano Ronaldo would be enough to cover the budget of several clubs in the Primeira Liga.
However, it is also known for sure that Casillas’ wife would have no problem finding a new job in the Portugal city. Sara Carbonero has become extremely popular in the entire country thanks to the interview which she made with Casillas after the 2010 World Cup, when he kissed her on television, during a live broadcast.
According to the reports of the latest gambling news, Julen Lopetegui has contacted Iker Casillas in order to try to convince him to join his side. His main goal with the call was to find out whether Iker Casillas is even interested in joining the Portuguese side, or not.
The Basque manager, who is now the head boss of the Dragoes, has heard about the rumours that his team wanted to sign Real Madrid’s captain. He did not care about the rumours, he wanted to know the real intentions of the main character of the latest transfer news, so he called the goalkeeper.
Iker Casillas has worked together with Julen Lopetegui in the past and they have quite a good relationship, supposedly. Lopetegui was a member of the Spanish national team’s coaching stuff during Inaki Saez’ reign at the FIFA World Cup 2002 in Japan and South-Korea.
The legendary goalkeeper is still on his vacation for the next few days and will start the pre-season with his current team on 10 July. However, if the Basque manager’s calls were not useless and he did manage to convince Real Madrid’s captain, then he might start packing as soon as possible.