There is news in Spanish publication Marca that Real Madrid are on the verge of signing 23-year-old
Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga (known as Kepa), who received his first cap for Spain last month in the 5-0 win against Costa Rica.
The current number two goalkeeper at Real Madrid is Kiko Casilla who will now lose that spot and become the number three choice at the club.
Newcastle were linked with a move for Kiko Casilla in the summer since Rafa was the man who signed the 31-year-old goalkeeper back in 2015 when he was then the Real Madrid manager.
Rafa seems to be wanting a new number one goalkeeper at the club with the performances of Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow only being mediocre this season.
Kiko Casilla – Real Madrid goalkeeper
And it would not be a surprise if the Newcastle manager now tries to sign the 6ft 3ins tall Spanish goalkeeper next month.
Rafa could sign Casilla on loan to give Kiko some games and could make the move permanent if Kiko does well in the Premier League.
The Marca report says that Casilla is thinking seriously about his future because whereas he got games as the number two goalkeeper – that will now be difficult when he’s number three choice.
Casilla is a talented goalkeeper and seems to be available next month.
It will be interesting to see if Rafa brings in another Spanish player next month – this time a goalkeeper.
Casilla has played 36 times for the Real Madrid first team in the two and a half seasons he’s been at Madrid and has one full Spanish cap.
He came through the Youth Academy at Real as a teenager, before seeking pastures new in 2007 when he joined Espanyol.
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