Marca’s big story on Monday morning is that Kepa is edging closer to Real Madrid by the week. It’s stated the Athletic Club Bilbao goalkeeper is moving to Madrid in the first week of January, and everything is being done to make that arrival as easy as possible.
For example, the Spanish newspaper claim Madrid are willing to pay €25m, despite Kepa having a buyout clause of €20m and seeing his contract expire in June. With Athletic playing as hard as possible with transfers, Madrid are overcompensating.
All of this means it’s important to find Kiko Casilla a new home, and once again Newcastle United are the only club mentioned.
It’s stated Casilla had an offer from Newcastle United in the summer, but Real Madrid refused to negotiate his sale. Marca make it sound like there’s almost some guilt felt about this, now that Kepa is likely to be brought in.
Now Madrid will make it as easy as possible for Casilla to leave, giving him ‘all kinds of help’. With the 31 year old having come through Real Madrid’s academy system before moving to Espanyol, there’s some willingness to do the right thing.
This is all good news for Newcastle United and presents the scenario of the Casilla transfer being handed on a plate, gift-wrapped, driven to the airport, any way you’d like to term it.
With previous suggestions the goalkeeper could even arrive for free, it’s not a bad option for Rafael Benitez.