Iker Casillas close to joining Porto, paving way for David De Gea’s Real Madrid switch
Long-serving Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas is now on the verge of joining Portuguese side Porto, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.
The Spain international, aged 33, will reportedly say goodbye to staff at the Bernabeu at an event on Friday and finalise his transfer away from the club he has played for since 1990 and professionally since 1999.
Casillas’ departure after 25 years at the Bernabeu is expected to pave the way for Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea to complete his long-awaited move to Madrid.
Porto, Madrid and Casillas are all said to be keen to tie-up the loose ends and complete the deal before the Spanish side head off for a pre-season tour to Australia on July 12.
That is partly to ensure the veteran keeper gets a decent send-off in the Spanish capital in recognition of his service.
But he is reportedly excited about the prospect of working with Spanish coach Julen Lopetegui at his new club.