Liverpool are in pole position to swoop for Espanyol goalkeeper Kiko Casilla, as reported by fichajes.net.
However, Casilla is not sure about his future as of yet, meaning that no deal has been agreed for January.
Reports in the media had suggested that the Reds were on the cusp of signing Victor Valdes, the former Barcelona ‘keeper, but that intention now seems to have been scuppered by the news that he is training with Manchester United.
Casilla was also expected to make the switch to Real Madrid in the near future, but there is a belief that they have changed their preferred target in recent weeks, with Man Utd’s David De Gea regularly touted as an option.
It now seems as though Casilla has become Liverpool’s first choice to replace Simon Mignolet, but there are doubts over whether Espanyol will sell.
Liverpool have still tried to push the deal forward, contacting Casilla’s agent a few weeks ago, telling him that Casilla is their preferred signing.
Liverpool have targeted Espanyol goalkeeper Kiko Casilla, in the event that their hopes of capturing former Barcelona star Victor Valdes in the coming weeks fall apart, as reported by Spanish outlet fichajes.net.
Casilla has been consistently linked with a move to Real Madrid, with the belief that the shot stopper would be an ideal replacement for the veteran Iker Casillas.
However, David De Gea has now been repeatedly linked with a switch to the Santiago Bernabeu instead, and this might have an impact on Casilla’s future.
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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has lost faith in Belgian international Simon Mignolet, and is looking for a replacement.
The Reds are said to have identified Victor Valdes as a good solution, although there are doubts remaining over his fitness.
Valdes’s switch is subject to a medical, and should he fail that, Liverpool see Casilla as another option.
However, Casilla would be far more expensive, with Espanyol demanding €20 million for the highly talented Spanish keeper.