2016-17 Premier League season has concluded just a couple of days back, however, transfer rumors have started being unfolded quite frequently and a few of them have already made headlines for obvious reasons. The latest of them is regarding legendary Real Madrid and Spain custodian Iker Casillas who has reportedly agreed to join Premier League giants Liverpool on a free transfer.
Liverpool are expected to spend more than £100 mil in summer to strengthen their squad and there will be no balancing the books this time following their qualification to Champions League football.
Casillas, however, will be a free agent by next month as his two-year contract with Primeira Liga runners up Porto will come to an end and no further talk of contract extension has been made yet. Casillas, now 36, will be a reasonable Bosman transfer considering his vast experience in this elite European competition where he has overtaken Paolo Maldini as the player with the most appearances in European club matches.
Liverpool have been struggling with goalkeeping concerns despite bringing in young German Loris Karius last year. Karius replaced Simon Mignolet midway of the campaign following his rough patch, but later lost his place to the Belgian due to his error-prone performances.
Mignolet improved immensely in later outings and helped his side to secure a fourth placed finish and qualify for Champions League football. Young Wales keeper Danny Ward is currently enjoying a successful loan campaign with Huddersfield Town and has guided them to the final of Championship play-offs (where they will lock horns against Reading) stopping a couple of penalties against Sheffield Wednesday. Inclusion of Casillas will see both Karius and Ward plying their trades elsewhere on loan in order to achieve regular game-time.
If reports from Spanish outlet AS are believed to be true, Casillas has even signed a pre-contract with the Reds amidst interests from China, Qatar and Turkey. Although the news has not been verified yet by any trusted English media or reliable Liverpool Echo, a champion like Iker will add up quality as well as much-needed experience despite his inconsistency in later years.
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