Newcastle in battle with PL rivals to sign £450k-a-year player - report
By Aramide Oladipo
Newcastle are lining up a sensational move for Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas, according to a report.
The Sun claims that the 36-year-old is currently out of favour with Porto manager Sergio Conceicao and the Magpies are interested in signing him.
The newspaper reports that the Tyneside club will face stiff competition from fellow Premier League side Liverpool who are also keen on acquiring the goalkeeper’s signature.
The report claims that the former Real Madrid star is currently earning £450,000-a-year with the Portuguese outfit, making him the club’s highest paid player.
It is reported that Porto might be willing to offload Casillas when the transfer window reopens in January.
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The goalkeeper has been one of the best players in his generation, captaining the Spanish national team to back-to-back European Championship and lifting the World Cup in 2010.
Casillas also enjoyed huge success during his spell at the Bernabeu, winning five La Liga titles and lifting the Champions League on three occasions.
The Spaniard has featured in ten matches for Porto this season, achieving an impressive total of seven clean sheets in all competitions.
The goalkeeper’s current contract at Porto runs out at the end of the season.
Football Insider verdict
Newcastle United fans will be stunned to hear that the club are being linked with a player of Casillas’ statue. The goalkeeper does appear to be on his way out of Portugal following a fallout with the manager and finishing his playing career in the Premier League could potentially be very tempting for the Spaniard. It will be tough for the Magpies to convince him to join with Liverpool in the hunt as the Reds could provide Casillas with the perfect platform to challenge for the Champions League. However, Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez could be a huge factor in his decision so there might be a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.
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