With Jens Lehmann apparently determined to leave the Emirates, Arsene Wenger is in the market to acquire a goalkeeper in this month’s transfer window. Spain is Wenger’s shopping centre of choice, according to media reports.
Espanyol Barcelona keeper Kiko Casillas, an U21 international who came out of Real Madrid’s system, is said to be rated highly by Arsenal’s Spanish scout, according to DiarioSport. Another Spanish net-minder said to be in Wenger’s sights is Deportivo La Coruna’s Fabrico, according to the Daily Mail.
The Gunners have also been rumoured to be pursuing Aston Villa’s Danish goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen and Barnsley’s Heinz Muller as possible replacements for Lehmann.
As for Lehmann, The Mirror says the German veteran was offered the chance to be Victor Valdes’ back-up at Barcelona but turned it down because he is seeking regular first-team action – presumably to cement his spot as Germany’s number one in June’s Euro 2008 tournament.