Arsenal pursue goalkeeping targets Emiliano Viviano and Kiko Casilla
Arsenal are weighing up moves for Palermo’s Emiliano Viviano or Kiko Casilla of Espanyol as Arsene Wenger attempts to bring a new goalkeeper to the Emirates.
Wenger’s preferred target was thought to be Valencia reserve Vincent Guaita. But with the Spanish side playing hardball over Guaita’s £25m release clause, the Gunners are looking at other options.
They have once again scouted Italian keeper Viviano, a target for the last three years, who is available after Palermo’s relegation from Serie A.
Fiorentina have opted not to sign the 27-year-old permanently following his loan spell at the club. However, he does have the cloud of third-party ownership hanging over him.
An alternative is Espanyol keeper Kiko Casilla. But the Barcelona-based side are in no mood to sell him.
Coach Javier Aguirre said: “Casilla cannot go, not that one. I see him very much involved and believe he will not go although it is very appealing.”
Arsenal scouts will watch Casilla in action against Valencia later today. Guaita is unlikely to feature for the opposition, but the Gunners will hope that their pursuit of other targets might convince Valencia to sell Guaita – behind Diego Alves in the Mestalla pecking order – for less than his buy-out fee.