Real Madrid have officially announced the capture of goalkeeper Kiko Casilla from Espanyol, with the player becoming Los Blancos’ first acquisition since the sale of Sami Khedira and Iker Casillas.
The Spaniard will join the 10 times Champions league winner provided he passes a medical. He will reportedly sign a five-year contract with the galaticos. He will be expected to first for a first team place against Keylor Navas and Fernando Pacheco.
This move will, however, come as a surprise to many as the Spanish club have been linked, for a long time, with Man United goalie, David De Gea.
24-year old De Gea also has his heart set on a move to Madrid this summer, having turned down a £200,000 a week package to remain at Old Trafford. This move has so far stalled with latest reports saying the Red Devils will only sell the Spanish shot stopper to Real if they would be getting Sergio Ramos in return.
With only 12 months left in De Gea’s contract, the former Atletico Madrid safe hands will become a free agent should he fail to move this summer, and Madrid are reportedly prepared to wait.
United began their pre-season friendly yesterday with a win against Seattle, but according to Van Gaal, De Gea sat out the match as a result of an injury.
Meanwhile, Manchester United fans have however been reacting on Twitter to the news of the Casilla signing by Los Blancos, as it would likely mean their prized goalkeeper De Gea will be staying.
The following are some of United fan’s reactions to the massive piece of news:
Espanyol goalkeeper Kiko Casilla has confirmed he is signing for Real Madrid. Hands off De Gea now ? pic.twitter.com/lK2qiznQjJ
— IG: ManUtd_SA (@ManUtd_SA) July 17, 2015
Could David De Gea be set to stay at Man Utd after all? Espanyol have confrimed their goalkeeper Kiko Casilla has joined Real Madrid #mufc
— Jack Deaton (@JackDeaton17) July 17, 2015
Kiko Casilla’s move to RM is probably d best news Man Utd fans have heard all summer long even if it doesnt remotely affect their club.
— Gracias San Iker! (@fernandeztoheeb) July 17, 2015
Don’t celebrate yet Man Utd fans. Kiko Casilla is only the replacement for the rumoured to be sold Keylor Navas.
— Chubs Akporn (@Diaboue) July 17, 2015
Kiko Casilla is a nice reserve no matter if the starting GK is Navas or De Gea
— Cindy Higuain (@Mumbaa_21) July 17, 2015
So if Real Madrid have signed Kiko Casilla… Does this mean De Gea will go for free next summer? #MUFC
— Jade♡ (@JaStamate) July 17, 2015
I don’t see why Real Madrid would acquire both David de Gea and Kiko Casilla the same summer. I don’t see why they both would want it either
— Jonas Giæver (@CheGiaevara) July 17, 2015